The engagement of territorial knowledge communities with European spatial planning and the territorial cohesion debate: a Baltic perspective
Adams, N., Cotella, G. and Nunes, R. (2014) The engagement of territorial knowledge communities with European spatial planning and the territorial cohesion debate: a Baltic perspective. European Planning Studies, 22 (4). pp. 712-734. ISSN 1469-5944
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Recent, dramatic spatial development trends have contributed to the consolidation of a unique territorial governance landscape in the Baltic States. The paper examines the transformation of this evolving institutional landscape for planning practice and knowledge, which has been marked by the disintegration of Soviet institutions and networks, the transition to a market-based economy and the process of accession to the EU. It explores the evolution of territorial knowledge channels in the Baltic States, and the extent and nature of the engagement of actors' communities with the main knowledge arenas and resources of European spatial planning (ESP). The paper concludes that recent shifts in the evolution of these channels suggest the engagement of ESP has concentrated among epistemic communities at State and trans-national levels of territorial governance. The limited policy coordination across a broader spectrum of diverse actors is compounded by institutionally weak and fragmented professional communities of practice, fragmented government structures and marginalized advocacy coalitions.