Politics will influence urban planning more than institutional or bureaucratic changes

Daniel Benjamin Abramson : Architectural critic
In his article on Chinese urbanization, Daniel Benjamin Abramson says: “I expect the discipline of planning will diversify from the current emphasis on enabling economic growth to include a stronger regulatory function, greater emphasis on maintaining environmental quality, and stronger analytical, communicative, and advocacy roles. Efforts to revive and strengthen property rights and reformulate urban communities will affect planning practice, but I expect politics to be more influential than institutional or bureaucratic changes.”

Abramson, Daniel Benjamin. Urban Planning in China: Continuity and Change: What the future holds may surprise youJournal of the American Planning Association 2006;72(2):197-215.