Governing the ungovernable: Spatial policy, markets and volume house-building in a growth region

Allan Cochrane, Bob Colenutt, Martin Field

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Abstract

The global rhetoric surrounding the role of private markets in the provision of new housing masks a more complex reality, highlighted in processes of spatial planning, in which public policy and private developers are deeply enmeshed. This paper discusses some of the tensions with the help of a detailed examination of plans for housing development on the edge of England's growth region (in Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire) during the period 2003-13. It critically reflects on the consequences of pursuing spatial policies that rely on light touch state involvement in a market shaped by the priorities of powerful corporate actors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-544
Number of pages18
JournalPolicy and politics
Volume43
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015

Keywords

  • Governance
  • Housing
  • Neo-liberalism
  • Planning
  • Spatial

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