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Slum upgrading role for housing policy and governance [trans]formation[s]: from Favela-Bairro to Morar Carioca, investigating the case of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil

Becerril Miranda, H; (2015) Slum upgrading role for housing policy and governance [trans]formation[s]: from Favela-Bairro to Morar Carioca, investigating the case of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Through the theoretical perspective of the Political Sociology of Public Policy Instruments (Lascoumes & Le Galès 2004), the thesis explores the role of the slum upgrading instrument in the evolution of Rio de Janeiro's housing policy and governance. Specifically, it examines the significance of slum upgrading choice and use over the past two decades. The research is guided by the following question: how did the slum upgrading influence Rio de Janeiro's housing policy and governance development from 1993 to 2012? The research considers three hypotheses: 1. The slum upgrading contributed to produce the inflexion points of the evolution of Rio's housing policy. 2. The slum upgrading fostered the transformation of Rio's housing governance. 3. The slum upgrading supported the depoliticization of Rio's housing policy. On its theoretical stand, the research builds on the one hand on the Political Sociology of Public Policy Instruments (PPI) approach that argues that policy instruments contribute to structure public policy as they generate specific effects (Lascoumes & Le Galès 2004). On the other, the research builds on the Actor-Network-Theory (ANT) that understands 'the social' as an heterogeneous network of entities called 'actants' created by a specific movement of 'associations' conceptualized as 'translation' (Latour 2005; Callon 1986). Based on these perspectives, the thesis analysed the slum upgrading as a 'policy instrument', itself being an 'actant'. Subsequently, through 'detective work' (Austrin & Farnsworth 2005), the thesis delved into the unfolding of Rio's slum upgrading network of 'associations' using primary municipal archives, semi-structured interviews and policy documents. The investigation resulted in the production of a chronological 'thick description' which reveals the slum upgrading role in Rio's housing policy and governance transformation.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Slum upgrading role for housing policy and governance [trans]formation[s]: from Favela-Bairro to Morar Carioca, investigating the case of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1460298
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