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Circulations of planning ideas and urban policy mobilities in Latin America

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Gabriel SilvestreORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a book chapter that has been published in its final definitive form by Edward Elgar, 2021.

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The circulation of ideas and practices is intrinsic to the development of urban policies and cities. The mobilization of knowledge from elsewhere has been an important tool for the resolution of technical issues as well as to build political legitimacy. In this sense, Latin American cities provide a privileged viewpoint to observe these processes. Many of those cities were historically shaped by the adoption and adaptation of Euro-centric modernity ideals. However, this relationship cannot be understood as passive subordination but historically negotiated by local elites and policy actors. From the last decades of the twentieth century, Latin American cities also became important centres of political innovation. A relational comprehension of the long-standing power relations, actors, processes and networks involved in urban policy circulation is necessary to understand Latin American cities.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Saraiva C, Jajamovich G, Silvestre G

Editor(s): Porto de Oliveira, O

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Handbook of Policy Transfer, Diffusion and Circulation

Year: 2021

Pages: 278-297

Print publication date: 23/03/2021

Online publication date: 23/03/2021

Acceptance date: 05/07/2020

Series Title: Political Science and Public Policy

Publisher: Edward Elgar

Place Published: Cheltenham


DOI: 10.4337/9781789905601.00023

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781789905595