Devolution of decision-making: tools and technologies towards equitable place-based participation in planning

Donagh Horgan

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Neoliberal development has increased spatial inequalities for communities in both urban and peri-urban settlements across in the global north and south alike. The financialisation of property has increased urban development in favour of opaque private and semi-public actors, making it harder for community stakeholders to influence decision-making. Social innovation in which diverse stakeholders collaborate towards sustainability and resilience in the built environment, offers pathways towards place-based policy-making and more inclusive growth, but needs political support and tools to facilitate participation. Using findings from a set of international cases, this chapter considers the effectiveness of participatory approaches to decision-making, and digital tools that facilitate public consultation. Cases consider the effectiveness of mechanisms available to communities in the cities of Moscow, Belgrade and Edinburgh to influence urban development. Literature review and new knowledge is brought together to shine light on whether information and communications technologies are used to provide a veneer of engagement with communities, and whether more bottom-up or insurgent tactics can give citizens a voice to influence more equitable future cities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban Agglomeration
Subtitle of host publicationA Theoretical and Empirical Study
EditorsJeffery Gilbert
Place of PublicationBrooklyn, NY
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2022


  • inequalities
  • communities
  • urban and peri-urban
  • urban development
  • community stakeholders
  • sustainability
  • resilience
  • built environment


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