Instruments of land policy: Dealing with scarcity of land

Jean David Gerber* (Editor), Thomas Hartmann (Editor), Andreas Hengstermann (Editor)

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In dealing with scarce land, planners often need to interact with, and sometimes confront, property right-holders to address complex property rights situations. To reinforce their position in situations of rivalrous land uses, planners can strategically use and combine different policy instruments in addition to standard land use plans. Effectively steering spatial development requires a keen understanding of these instruments of land policy. This book not only presents how such instruments function, it additionally examines how public authorities strategically manage the scarcity of land, either increasing or decreasing it, to promote a more sparing use of resources. It presents 13 instruments of land policy in specific national contexts and discusses them from the perspectives of other countries. Through the use of concrete examples, the book reveals how instruments of land policy are used strategically in different policy contexts.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages360
ISBN (Electronic)9781315511658
ISBN (Print)9781138201514
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jan 2018

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