Design governance, austerity and the public interest: Planning and the delivery of 'well-designed places' in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Richardson, R. and White, J. T. (2021) Design governance, austerity and the public interest: Planning and the delivery of 'well-designed places' in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Planning Theory and Practice, 22(4), pp. 572-594. (doi: 10.1080/14649357.2021.1958911)

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This paper considers how planning authorities can achieve urban design ambitions in the context of deepening neoliberalism and fiscal austerity. Based upon a case study of West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, the paper reveals the innovative steps taken by the local authority to introduce new design governance tools in the face of significant resource constraints. The paper critically examines the role that the private sector plays in the governance of design and argues for a reconceptualisation of design governance that more rigorously attends to the challenge of delivering well-designed places in the public interest.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was co-funded by a supervisor-led Collaborative Doctoral Scholarship awarded by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science, the Economic and Social Research Council’s Doctoral Training Partnership in Scotland, and West Dunbartonshire Council.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:White, Professor James and Richardson, Dr Robert
Authors: Richardson, R., and White, J. T.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
College of Social Sciences
Journal Name:Planning Theory and Practice
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1470-000X
Published Online:05 August 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in Planning Theory and Practice 22(4): 572-594
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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303166Scottish Graduate School Science Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)Mary Beth KneafseyEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/P000681/1SS - Academic & Student Administration