Post-war planning and policy tourism: the international study tours of the Town and Country Planning Association 1947 - €“1961

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In light of the burgeoning academic interest in policy mobilities and policy tourism, this paper offers a critical insight into international planning study tours. Countering the contemporary focus of much of the research on these topics, this paper draws on archival research to explore the international study tours of the UK's Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) between 1947 and 1961. In doing this, the paper makes two wider arguments; first, that there remains significant mileage in bringing together the policy mobilities literature with the work on past exchanges and visits by architects, engineers and planners and, second, that greater awareness and appreciation of past examples of comparison and learning might allow contemporary studies to be situated in their longer historical trajectories.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-205
Number of pages21
JournalPlanning Theory & Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015

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