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    Property, politics and the neo-liberal revolution in urban Scotland

    Boyle, Mark (2000) Property, politics and the neo-liberal revolution in urban Scotland. Progress in Planning, 54 (3). pp. 133-196. ISSN 0305-9006

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    This paper is written in the context of current debates about the extent to which business coalitions are shaping the political agendas of the contemporary city. With a growing critique of the use of North American frameworks as a basis for the interpretation of business politics in the British city, we make a contribution towards the development of a more theoretically informed account of capital’s involvement in local politics in Britain. Our research design takes analysis beyond the confines of what we term a ‘state-centred perspective’ insofar as we focus on the political behaviour of one key fraction of capital, property, in a range of urban areas in one political system, Scotland. Through the first survey to be conducted in Scotland of the political activities of property agents, the paper draws out conclusions about the extent to which new forms of neo-liberal urban governance are serving to construct an environment within which contemporary property politics are being played out. Our results point to a politically engaged fraction of capital but one which is largely oblivious to the changes in governance taking place around them. In an effort to further understanding property politics, we conclude that more attention needs to be given to capital and its trajectories. In calling for an epistemological shift towards a capital-centred perspective, we conclude that an understanding of property politics might profitably draw upon both a rehabilitated version of neo-Marxist frameworks and more recent institutional perspectives.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Property; Politics; Neo-liberal revolution; Urban Scotland;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 8704
    Depositing User: Mark Boyle
    Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2017 16:42
    Journal or Publication Title: Progress in Planning
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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