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Privatisation of Planning Powers and Urban Infrastructure- Privatisierung von Planung und städtischen Infrastrukturen


Edited By Stephan Mitschang

This book grew out of the sixth annual meeting of the Platform of Experts in Planning Law held in Lisbon in October 2012. The book’s chapters illustrate the evolution of this unique comparative land use planning and regulation forum. They allow a broader audience to benefit from the insights gained from the national case studies presented at the Lisbon meeting on the issue of Privatisation of Planning Powers and Urban Infrastructure.
Diese Veröffentlichung entstand aus dem sechsten Expertentreffen für Planungsrecht, das im Oktober 2012 in Lissabon stattfand. Die einzelnen Kapitel illustrieren die nationale Entwicklung im Planungsrecht und stellen einen einmaligen Vergleich des Planungsrechts vor dem Hintergrund der Privatisierungstendenzen im Bereich der Stadtplanung und städtischer Infrastrukturen in den verschiedenen Teilnehmerländern dar.
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I. Introduction


I.  Introduction

Throughout history there has always been a clear distinction in the city-making process between the role of the Administration as a planner and manager of public infrastructures and spaces and the role of private entities as property developers and builders.

Following a general economic trend on privatization of public functions, in recent years we have seen private entities assuming more complex responsibilities concerning the planning and management of our cities. Not only providing services of general interest like public transportation or the supply of electricity, water and sewerage, but also drafting zoning plans, controlling property development and creating and maintaining urban infrastructures and public spaces.

The question is how far privatization of planning powers and urban infrastructures can go due to the political nature of the decisions involved. And more specifically, how can planning laws contribute to achieve a balance between economic efficiency and democratic legitimacy in city planning and management.

In view of this case study, the participants of the conference answered three questions concerning the correlation of planning and privatization.

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