Planning with or against property rights

Jean David Gerber*, Thomas Hartmann, Andreas Hengstermann

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInstruments of Land Policy
Subtitle of host publicationDealing with Scarcity of Land
EditorsJ.D. Gerber, T. Hartmann, A. Hengstermann
PublisherTaylor and Francis
ISBN (Electronic)9781315511658
ISBN (Print)9781138201514
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jan 2018


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