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Democracy and informal policy-making: Planning appeals in Scotland

Kaminer, Tahl 2019. Democracy and informal policy-making: Planning appeals in Scotland. Town Planning Review 90 (1) , pp. 81-98. 10.3828/tpr.2019.6
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Abstract

Through a study of two planning appeals regarding student housing in Edinburgh, this paper demonstrates the process by which new policy is effectively created ‘under the radar’, without the expected oversight by elected politicians and without the rigour, accountability and democratic legitimacy demanded of policy making. The paper highlights tensions between local and central government, between efficiency and democracy, and between discretion and rule-based systems. It argues that by an excessive use of discretion, Scottish government Reporters do not only interpret policies, but, in effect, make them.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
ISSN: 0041-0020
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 10 December 2018
Date of Acceptance: 14 September 2018
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2019 16:30
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/117507

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