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Planning reform and development rights in Greece: institutional persistence and elite rule in the face of the crisis

Karadimitriou, N; Pagonis, T; (2019) Planning reform and development rights in Greece: institutional persistence and elite rule in the face of the crisis. European Planning Studies , 27 (6) pp. 1217-1234. 10.1080/09654313.2019.1579300. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper discusses the process of development rights allocation in Greece and the changes to that process which occurred from 2009 onward. It argues that the interaction of institutions which regulate the allocation of development rights, with social practices of formal and informal land development, gives rise to development pathways which demonstrate institutional persistence. In the case of Greece, these pathways range from ‘urban development by state organisations’, to development without planning permission on land that is not owned by the developer. The crisis was a shock to the Greek governance system, yet the analysis in this paper shows that the reforms of the development rights allocation process followed the pre-existing ‘mentality of rule’. The paper therefore argues that development pathways reflect a political arrangement between the ruling elites and other social strata. The technologies of governance and the associated institutions and practices which support elite rule, were sustained, if not reinforced, during the crisis. This analytical approach therefore offers insights of relevance to other countries in Europe and around the world which contemplate reforms to their development rights allocation system.

Type: Article
Title: Planning reform and development rights in Greece: institutional persistence and elite rule in the face of the crisis
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2019.1579300
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2019.1579300
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Urban planning, land development, Greece, crisis, elite rule, institutional persistence
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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 > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10068771
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