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Replicated or homegrown planning model? The mutual constitution of ideas, interests and institutions in the delivery of a megaproject in Rio de Janeiro

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Gabriel SilvestreORCiD



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On the surface, contemporary urban megaprojects suggest a convergence in form: office towers, hotels, museums, shopping and renewed public spaces often involving transnational firms and renowned architects. However, framing local policies as instances of 'serial reproduction' of iconic landscapes obscures more than reveals how circulating planning models are reproduced and institutionalized. To this effect, this paper suggests a complementary approach between the literature of policy mobilities and new institutionalism focusing on how policies are 'arrived at’ and the role of ideas in the policy process. An Analytical framework is applied to the case study of a large-scale waterfront regeneration programme in Rio de Janeiro to examine the mutual evolvement between ideas, interests and institutions. The paper concludes by stressing the importance of paying attention to how policy knowledge is assembled, institutionalized and interests identified.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Silvestre G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Planning Studies

Year: 2022

Volume: 27

Issue: 2

Pages: 107-119

Online publication date: 13/09/2021

Acceptance date: 19/08/2021

Date deposited: 14/09/2021

ISSN (print): 1356-3475

ISSN (electronic): 1469-9265

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/13563475.2021.1971952


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