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Agency, structure, institutions, discourse (ASID) in urban and regional development

Moulaert, Frank, Jessop, Bob and Mehmood, Abid 2016. Agency, structure, institutions, discourse (ASID) in urban and regional development. International Journal of Urban Sciences 20 (2) , pp. 167-187. 10.1080/12265934.2016.1182054

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This paper presents the relations among agency (A), structure (S), institutions (I) and discourse (D) and their analytical relevance for socio-economic development. It argues that an adequate account of these relations must recognize their inherent spatio-temporality and, hence, their space-time dynamics. This is not an optional extra but a definite descriptive and explanatory requirement. Moreover, while structure is recognised as a product of path-dependent institutionalisation and path-shaping (collective) agency, agency is seen in turn as discursively and materially reproduced and transformed. This approach treats structure in terms of a differential spatio-temporal configuration of constraints and opportunities, reference to which informs the empirical analysis of strategic agency within the overall ASID heuristic. The paper concludes with an eightfold typology of particular combinations of ASID features to guide analyses of socio-economic development in all its (dis-)junctural complexity.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 May 2016
Date of Acceptance: 20 April 2016
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2017 11:58

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