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Ideology and institutional change: the case of the English National Planning Policy framework

Shepherd, E. (2021) Ideology and institutional change: the case of the English National Planning Policy framework. Planning Theory and Practice, 22 (4). pp. 519-536. ISSN 1464-9357

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/14649357.2021.1942528


This paper deploys a discursive institutionalist framework to explore how various categories of ideas - from ideology, to programme, to policy - interact to shape the planning policymaking process. Using the emergence of the 2012 National Planning Policy Framework in England as a case study, the role of the political ideology of the leadership of a political party (as distinct from, but related to, the broader category of ‘neoliberalism’) in shaping and legitimising planning reform is analysed. It is shown that it is not only the political ideological legacy of a political party and how it melds with the prevailing paradigmatic orthodoxy (such as neoliberalism) that matters in framing planning reform, but that the way in which ideas are communicated and consulted on in the policymaking process is also significant.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
ID Code:98274
Uncontrolled Keywords:ideology, discursive institutionalism, policy change, policy ideas, institutions
Publisher:Taylor and Francis


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