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Democratic Acceptance of Spatial Planning Policy Measures

  • Lyn Ellen Pleger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Lyn Ellen Pleger
    Pages 1-14
  3. Sustainable Spatial Planning and Democratic Acceptance

  4. Acceptance of Spatial Planning Measures at the Macro Level: A Multilevel Approach

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
  5. Acceptance of Spatial Planning Measures at the Meso Level: A Case Study

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
  6. Acceptability of Spatial Planning Measures at the Micro Level: An Experimental Approach

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
  7. Discussion and Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Lyn Ellen Pleger
      Pages 151-168
    3. Lyn Ellen Pleger
      Pages 169-176
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 177-205

About this book

Introduction

This book examines the democratic acceptance of spatial planning measures, using Switzerland as a case study. The currently inefficient land use in industrialised countries calls for new spatial planning policies. Yet governments have largely failed to implement innovative policy measures, which may be due to a lack of democratic acceptance. To date, little is known about the democratic acceptance of spatial planning measures. Switzerland offers a promising candidate because of its direct-democratic system, which allows citizens’ preferences for specific policy measures to be directly measured.

In this work, the democratic acceptance of spatial planning instruments is investigated from various perspectives in the form of original empirical studies, which are embedded in an innovative conceptual framework. It demonstrates that not only spatial planning instruments in general, but also incentive-based instruments in particular, generally enjoy high acceptance. This finding is remarkable, considering the fact that efficient land use instruments have only been marginally implemented. Addressing the needs of both academics and land use practitioners in the private and public sector, the book shows that in order to improve the democratic acceptance of spatial planning measures, attention must be paid to their context, content and the means by which that content is provided.

Keywords

Land Use Spatial Planning Measures Democratic Acceptance Public Policies Switzerland

Authors and affiliations

  • Lyn Ellen Pleger
    • 1
  1. 1.KPM Center for Public ManagementUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland

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