COMPARATIVE PLANNING AND HOUSING STUDIES BEYOND TAXONOMY: A GENEALOGY OF THE SPECIAL PROGRAMME FOR REHOUSING (PORTUGAL)
Author:
Simone Tulumello, Ana Catarina Ferreira, Alessandro Colombo, Caterina Francesca Di Giovanni, Marco Allegra
Title:
COMPARATIVE PLANNING AND HOUSING STUDIES BEYOND TAXONOMY: A GENEALOGY OF THE SPECIAL PROGRAMME FOR REHOUSING (PORTUGAL)
doi:
10.24306/TrAESOP.2018.01.003
Journal:
TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF EUROPEAN SCHOOLS OF PLANNING
Edition:
Volume 2, Issue 1 | June 2018 | 32 - 46

Recent European comparative studies in the fields of housing policy and spatial planning have been dominated
by taxonomical and linear approaches, and by normative calls for convergence toward systems considered
more ‘mature’ or ‘advanced’. In this article, we adopt a genealogical perspective and consider those cultures
that are central to the shaping of policy. We set out a long-term exploration of the intersection between
spatial planning and housing policy in Portugal and focus on the Special Programme for Rehousing (Programa
Especial de Realojamento, PER), a programme that has had changing roles (from a financial instrument to a core
component of policies of urban regeneration) in connection with political and planning cultures changing in
time and space. In this way, we provide evidence of the limited capacity of taxonomic and linear approaches to
describe planning and housing systems undergoing processes of change and, conversely, show the potential
of genealogical research.