Conceptualising 'street-level' urban design governance in Scotland

Richardson, R. (2023) Conceptualising 'street-level' urban design governance in Scotland. Urban Studies, (doi: 10.1177/00420980231204219) (Early Online Publication)

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This article develops ‘street-level bureaucracy’ theory to conceptualise how policy implementation within urban design governance is shared among actors whose role transcends sectoral responsibilities and motivations. It presents case study research with a Scottish local authority which has made a strategic investment in a placemaking policy agenda, including the creation of an influential design review panel of volunteer experts which exemplifies the wider embrace of private capacity within public governance. The paper identifies the distinctive role of design review panel members in street-level implementation, and shows how their discretion is shaped simultaneously by public and private interests. It concludes that understanding and utilising these micro-level processes provides opportunities for conceptualising policy implementation within a neoliberalising urban governance context, and for addressing the implementation gap between the aims of public urban design policy and the realities of delivery.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was funded by a supervisor-led Economic and Social Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Scholarship awarded by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (the ESRC’s Doctoral Training Partnership in Scotland, grant number ES/P000681/1). West Dunbartonshire Council was a collaborative partner in the scholarship and contributed 10% of the total funding.
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Richardson, Dr Robert
Authors: Richardson, R.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
College/School:College of Social Sciences
Journal Name:Urban Studies
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1360-063X
Published Online:03 November 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © Urban Studies Journal Limited 2023
First Published:First published in Urban Studies 2023
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
305845Creating well-designed places in Scotland: What does it take?James WhiteWest Dunbartonshire Council (WESTDUMC)N/AS&PS - Urban Studies
303166Scottish Graduate School Science Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)Mary Beth KneafseyEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/P000681/1SS - Academic & Student Administration