Strategic use of land policy instruments for affordable housing – Coping with social challenges under scarce land conditions in Swiss cities

Debrunner, Gabriela; Hartmann, Thomas (2020). Strategic use of land policy instruments for affordable housing – Coping with social challenges under scarce land conditions in Swiss cities. Land use policy, 99, p. 104993. Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.landusepol.2020.104993

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For decades, many cities have introduced densification policy objectives to stop urban sprawl or to promote efficient use of natural resources. In the urban housing sector, however, densification projects often intensify social challenges. Due to rising rents after modernization of existing housing stocks as a consequence of den- sification, low-income tenants are forced to leave their apartments. Risks of social exclusion and segregation increase simultaneously.
In this article, we analyze how municipal planning authorities cope with affordable housing shortages in a context of urban densification. Specifically, we ask: How do municipal planning authorities promote affordable housing in densifying cities? To answer this research question, we apply a neoinstitutional analysis approach to better understand (1) the basic mechanisms of how land policy instruments impact affordability, and (2) why specific instruments are activated to defend affordable housing objectives. Through qualitative case study analysis of four Swiss urban municipalities, our results show that the mere availability of land policy instruments is not sufficient but that the strategic activation of specific instruments matters.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography

UniBE Contributor:

Debrunner, Gabriela

Subjects:

900 History > 910 Geography & travel
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

0264-8377

Publisher:

Elsevier Science

Language:

English

Submitter:

Gabriela Debrunner

Date Deposited:

25 Aug 2020 11:26

Last Modified:

08 Sep 2020 07:01

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.landusepol.2020.104993

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.146027

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/146027

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