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The irresistible pressure of economic fundamentals: radical planning reform moving into the mainstream – but still need to get the details right

Cheshire, Paul (2014) The irresistible pressure of economic fundamentals: radical planning reform moving into the mainstream – but still need to get the details right. Spatial Economics Research Centre Blog (07 Jul 2014). Website.

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[Posted by Prof Paul Cheshire] It was excellent to see concern and rational debate about the English housing crisis and its causes getting coverage in the mainstream press over the weekend. There was an ‘exclusive’ in the Sunday Express on 6th July, linking concerns about housing supply and the shortage of land produced by two generations of ‘urban containment’ with the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England’s warning that the housing market now posed the greatest single threat to economic recovery. Much of the piece was based on a phone conversation I had with the Whitehall correspondent, Marco Giannangeli. No concerns about his representation of my basic message. But there were some issues with the details! Maybe it is the academic’s inner pedant; or the form of Chinese whispers which a phone conversation to a reporter, however skilled, who then writes his story which is then edited and subedited by people who have not heard the original conversation and finally cut to fit the space available given daily news pressures. Maybe the problem was that the season is not yet silly enough so there is still an awful lot of serious stuff happening in the world squeezing out other subjects.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://spatial-economics.blogspot.co.uk/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: European Institute
Geography & Environment
Spatial Economics Research Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Research centres and groups > Greater London Group
Collections > LSE Spatial Economics Research Centre Blog
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2017 11:39
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2019 03:10
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/82586

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