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Ville Kellokumpu (2023) Depoliticizing urban futures: visionary planning and the politics of city-regional growth, Regional Studies, 57:4, 617-628, DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2021.1980206

Depoliticizing urban futures : visionary planning and the politics of city-regional growth

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Author: Kellokumpu, Ville1
Organizations: 1Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-11-18


The importance of visionary planning has increased in urban and regional contexts as the production of visions has become a central tool in, for example, the management of city-regional growth through future-oriented governance. Thus, visions have become important terrains of political struggle and influence. This article analyses visionary planning from the perspective of depoliticization. Depoliticization is interpreted not as the foreclosure of the political in planning, but as a forceful mode of pursuit of a specific economized city-regional politics. These dynamics are scrutinized empirically through a case study of the Oulu City Centre Vision 2040 project, and they are connected methodologically to the construction of a spatial–political imaginary.

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Series: Regional studies
ISSN: 0034-3404
ISSN-E: 1360-0591
ISSN-L: 0034-3404
Volume: 57
Issue: 4
Pages: 617 - 628
DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2021.1980206
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
Copyright information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.