Sceptics could argue that scarcity is inherent to our (mainly) materialist approach to the environment and to natural resources. Indeed, a specific scientific discipline has evolved to deal with scarcity – economics, ‘the study of scarcity, of how societies make choices concerning how to use their limited resources’ (Stiglitz 1988: 10). Therefore, a new book on scarcity could only be redundant. But this book has a particular take on the scarcity of land. It does not focus on land markets and their ability to allocate scare resource units. Markets play a surprisingly limited role in the different contributions of this book, because land is not a typical good. Rather this book seeks to question how planners and other actors deal with the scarcity of land in their everyday practice.
|Title of host publication||Instruments of Land Policy|
|Subtitle of host publication||Dealing with Scarcity of Land|
|Editors||J.D. Gerber, T. Hartmann, A. Hengstermann|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Publication status||Published - 17 Jan 2018|