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Future Perspectives of Reform for European Urban Welfare

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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Geography book series (BRIEFSGEOGRAPHY)

Abstract

This chapter presents a summary of the findings of the book and conclusions for the same. In the various shapes urban welfare has taken, it always remained a central issue in the discipline of planning and there are many reasons for continuing to examine it from a European perspective. The central focus of this chapter is to reflect on how to reframe European urban facility planning efficiently, effectively and sustainably to better respond to complex new social problems and deal with fiscal austerity. On the one hand, this situation reveals the need to reshape the traditional approach to urban facility planning in favour of openness and flexibility. On the other hand, it encourages the growth of private initiatives all over Europe for the supply of urban facilities, where citizens are more and more engaged in identifying issues and needs jointly as well as in trying to solve problems with innovative and inclusive responses. This book proposes to reframe urban welfare planning inside a “framework-rule” perspective, i.e. planning of urban welfare does not start from the urban facilities themselves but rather from the regulations connected with them. Briefly, this proposal is based on new rules and responsibilities as a path to change for urban welfare planning. These would enable cities to respond to new circumstances through innovative actions. In light of this, the private sector could promote new ideas, while institutions could innovate themselves by taking on new responsibilities. These dynamics become expressions of urban resilience, i.e., the innate capacity of territorial systems to propose innovative ideas that the public sector will accept among its traditional planning policies. If we reframe urban facility planning in this perspective, urban welfare could actively reduce inequalities and revive social dialogue, leading to more inclusive, collaborative and participative societies in European cities.

Keywords

European urban welfare reform Urban facility planning reform “Framework-rule” perspective Nomocracy Citizens’ power Co-production Rules in urban welfare planning Responsibilities in urban welfare planning Urban resilience 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and PlanningPolitecnico and Università di TorinoTurinItaly

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