Regional governance and public accountability in planning for new housing

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    Abstract

    Regional governance is coming to play an increasingly pivotal role in the planning of housing development. It has been argued that an absence of formal accountability lines in regional governance is beneficial because it makes inter-municipal coordination more flexible, without the need for territorial adjustments in local authorities. However, this view is based on a narrow interpretation of public accountability. In fact, regional governance becomes effective when hierarchical accountability arrangements are structured to reinforce horizontal accountability that strengthens self-organising capacity. This paper is based on a study of regional housing planning in the province of South Holland, the Netherlands, and analyses three types of governance modes (hierarchical, horizontal and market-oriented) and public accountability relationships. The measures undertaken in the case under review to ensure effective regional housing planning under changing market circumstances highlight the need to modify accountability arrangements when policy-makers choose a new set of governance modes in order to shape relational dynamics appropriately.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1027-1045
    Number of pages19
    JournalEnvironment and Planning C: Politics and Space
    Volume36 (2018)
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Sep 2017

    Keywords

    • Regional planning
    • local government
    • governance
    • housing
    • accountability

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