Smart Growth and State Territoriality
This paper draws on neo-Weberian traditions of social theory to consider smart growth as a territorial programme of the multiscaled state. Responding to recent efforts by scholars within interdisciplinary urban studies to re-engage with neo- Weberian concepts around urban growth and institutional politics, the discussion interprets the implementation of the smart growth doctrine in US metropolitan areas --for example Seattle-Tacoma, the city-region specifically explored here--as the 'intercurrence' of various state-ordering arrangements. A conceptual focus on intercurrence, a term derived directly from the work of Orren and Skowronek forges stronger links between planning studies and state theory and thus offers a new way to map political geographies of smart growth.
Dierwechter, Yonn, "Smart Growth and State Territoriality" (2013). Urban Studies Publications. 6.