Planning and policy documents as transactions costs: the case of rural decision-making in England

Curry, Nigel R (2013) Planning and policy documents as transactions costs: the case of rural decision-making in England. Land Use Policy, 30 (1). pp. 711-718. ISSN 02648377

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Abstract

The growth in community involvement in public domain decisions for rural spaces in England over the past 20 years has increased the overall costs of such decision-making. These transaction's costs can be grouped into four types pertaining to organisations, institutions, belief systems and knowledge and information (K&I). Within the last of these, costs can arise because of a lack of K&I, the costs of procuring K&I and K&I overload. In an empirical survey in Gloucestershire county in the south west region of England K&I transaction's costs were found to be increasing, particularly in relation to procurement and overload. The number of planning and policy documents as a subset of K&I had increased considerably in the case study area such that for the rural district of the Cotswolds 60 plans pertained simultaneously in 2007. Despite this, many of those involved in decision-making about rural spaces felt the costs involved in assimilating the information that they contained were worth paying if it allowed them to be better informed.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: REF2014 Submission. Transaction's costs; Planning documents; Community participation; Information overload
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2014 14:51
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2015 11:08
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/356

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