“Action Space” Based Urban Land Governance Pattern: Implication in Managing Informal Settlements from the Perspective of Low-Income Housing

Reshma Shrestha (Corresponding Author), J.A. Zevenbergen, Fahria Masum, Mahesh Banskota

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Abstract

Understanding the governance pattern between civil society and market actors in allocation, access to, and use of land for low-income housing is important in managing the informal settlement. In this study, the concept of “action space” is conceptualized as a means to analyze the interaction between civil society and market actors. This novel approach is then applied to a resettlement project in Nepal as a case study. The analysis revealed the mechanism by which the “action space” was created and the push and pull of the “action space” among actors that led to various types of legitimacy. The results show that due to a regulatory vacuum a gap between market legitimacy and social legitimacy was created, resulting in a failure to cater land for low-income housing. Analysis of governance patterns using the lens of “action space” offers an important perspective on how to minimize the gap between market legitimacy and social legitimacy.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2202
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume10
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2018

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“Action Space” Based Urban Land Governance Pattern : Implication in Managing Informal Settlements from the Perspective of Low-Income Housing. / Shrestha, Reshma (Corresponding Author); Zevenbergen, J.A.; Masum, Fahria; Banskota, Mahesh.

In: Sustainability (Switzerland), Vol. 10, No. 7, 2202, 27.06.2018, p. 1-19.

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