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dc.contributor.authorMatthews, Peteren_UK
dc.contributor.authorBramley, Glenen_UK
dc.contributor.authorHastings, Annetteen_UK
dc.description.abstractProblems of housing supply and affordability in England have long been recognized by policy-makers. A key barrier to supply is seen to be community activism by so-called not-in-my-back-yard activists (NIMBYs). The localism policy agenda, or devolving decision-making down to the local level, is central to how the UK coalition government seek to overcome this opposition. This conceives NIMBYism as a demonstration of homo economicus - of the rationality of economic beings seeking to maximize their utility. In this view, residents would not accept large urban extensions in suburban areas because they took on localized costs with no obvious benefits, unless incentivised appropriately. In this paper, we use analysis of British Social Attitudes Survey data as well as the results of the first review of middle-class activism in relation to public services to identify the likelihood of residents being incentivized by this version of localism to accept new housing. We conclude that the evidence on the individual and collective attitudes suggests that it is unlikely that localism will deliver new housing. Importantly, the political power of affluent and professional groups means they can ensure that their opposition is heard, particularly in the neighbourhood plans delivered through localism. The paper argues that planning for housing needs to understand communities as homo democraticus - as actively engaged in negotiating between complex interests with respect to support for new housing.en_UK
dc.publisherTaylor and Francisen_UK
dc.relationMatthews P, Bramley G & Hastings A (2015) Homo Economicus in a Big Society: Understanding Middle-class Activism and NIMBYism towards New Housing Developments. Housing, Theory and Society, 32 (1), pp. 54-72.
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dc.subjectland-use planningen_UK
dc.subjectBig Societyen_UK
dc.subjectcommunity activismen_UK
dc.titleHomo Economicus in a Big Society: Understanding Middle-class Activism and NIMBYism towards New Housing Developmentsen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.rights.embargoreason[Homo economicus in a Big Society - first revised version.pdf] Publisher requires embargo of 18 months after formal publication.en_UK
dc.citation.jtitleHousing, Theory and Societyen_UK
dc.type.statusAM - Accepted Manuscripten_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationSociology, Social Policy & Criminologyen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationHeriot-Watt Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Glasgowen_UK
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rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorMatthews, Peter|0000-0003-2014-1241en_UK
local.rioxx.authorBramley, Glen|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorHastings, Annette|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
local.rioxx.filenameHomo economicus in a Big Society - first revised version.pdfen_UK
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