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

Cochrane, Allan; Colenutt, Robert and Field, Martin (2015). Governing the ungovernable: spatial policy, markets and volume house-building in a growth region. Policy and Politics, 43(4) pp. 527–544.

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The global rhetoric surrounding the role of private markets in the provision of new housing masks a more complex reality in which public policy and private developers are deeply enmeshed, often through processes of spatial planning. This paper discusses the implications of this 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 2003-2013. It highlights some of the consequences of pursuing spatial policies that rely on light touch state involvement in a market shaped by the priorities of powerful corporate actors.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 Policy Press
ISSN: 1470-8442
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Tensions and future prospects for sustainable housing growth in Central England. A case study of Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes (D-10-064-AC)ES/I038632/1ESRC
Keywords: spatial planning; housing; neo-liberalism; governance
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Research Group: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 42323
Depositing User: Allan Cochrane
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2015 11:14
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2017 12:56
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