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That sounds familiar! A decade of planning reform in Australia, England and New Zealand

Gurran, Nicole, Austin, Patricia and Whitehead, Christine M E (2014) That sounds familiar! A decade of planning reform in Australia, England and New Zealand. Australian Planner, 51 (2). pp. 186-198. ISSN 0729-3682

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Identification Number: 10.1080/07293682.2014.890943


This paper compares planning system reform processes and outcomes over the last decade in Australia, England and New Zealand. (In the earlier years of last century planning legislation was UK based. However, it has become increasingly different across the four constituent jurisdictions. This paper, therefore, concentrates on the position in England.) All three countries share close cultural ties stemming from colonisation and similar legal systems. However, very different approaches to spatial planning have evolved over time. Nevertheless, a close reading of recent government reports and reform proposals from all three countries suggests that these differences are narrowing, with striking similarities in diagnoses of planning problems and in prescribed solutions. Our analysis highlights these similarities and asks whether apparent policy sharing and transfer across the three countries is reflected in substantive policy decisions.

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Additional Information: © 2014 Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Economics
Spatial Economics Research Centre
LSE London
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 12 May 2014 09:19
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 02:53

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