Cities and Saints: Sufism and the Transformation of Urban by Ethel Sara Wolper

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1996: 143). In fact Jørgensen concludes that the ESDP may be contributing to such a situation in which there is no longer any fixed viewpoint (Jørgensen, 1998:19). 32 Construction Sites of European Space Much more could be said about the European project and the competing models for describing it. However it is sufficient to underline here the diverse character of this project and to emphasise its contested nature. The European institutions and inter-institutional politics Having sketched out a conceptual framework for EU governance, based on its multi-level nature and predominantly infranational mode of working, it is now appropriate to set out the institutional fabric of the EU with these critical perspectives in mind.

The central question becomes what the conceptual and ideological identity of a European spatial planning policy can be under a market-oriented integration system. (Giannakourou, 1996: 602) If we are to understand how spatial policy relates to these economic and political imperatives, it becomes necessary to begin by considering the nature of the European economy: a fragmented economy in search of integration, which reproduces the regional disparities of many of its constituent nations at a transnational scale.

Broader discourses give shape to conflicts and debates within institutions, and individual bureaucrats and politicians must negotiate their way through a complex array of competing ideas, values and ‘assumed’ knowledges 36 Construction Sites of European Space about what ‘should’ be done. What is also significant is the absence of any formal inter-institutional space where the Parliament, Commission and Council can come together, and engage in debate and decision-making. Much debate across institutional boundaries, negotiation, and even decision-making ultimately continues through a variety of informal processes and political conflict.

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