Institutions in Urban SpaceLand, Infrastructure, and Governance in the Production of Urban Property

Authored by: André Sorensen

The Routledge Handbook of Institutions and Planning in Action

Print publication date:  July  2018
Online publication date:  July  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138085732
eBook ISBN: 9781315111230
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This chapter develops an historical institutionalist approach to municipal governance, infrastructure, and property institutions, suggesting that these dense matrices of institutions are co-evolutionary and particularly path dependent. The focus is on the relationships between land, infrastructure, and governance institutions (illustrated in the urban property triangle), and on the fact that existing spatial patterns of urban property generate powerful positive feedback effects that are politically consequential. In this perspective, property, infrastructure, and governance institutions play a central role in regulating capital investment in cities, structure urban change, service, protect, and structure property’s meaning and value, and demonstrate enduringly different approaches between jurisdictions.

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