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Urban Bads and the Structure of Institutional Arrangements

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Sproule-Jones, Mark
Conference: Managing Urban Settlements: Can Our Governmental Structure Cope?
Location: Centre for Human Settlements, The University of British Columbia
Conf. Date: 15 January 1979
Date: 1979
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/1338
Sector: Social Organization
Theory
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Subject(s): public goods and bads--case studies
institutional design
theory
Abstract: "This paper will attempt to answer these broad questions. It does so by first outlining what may be called 'the theory of public bads.' Such a theory is necessary to explain the relationships between institutional arrangements and policy initiatives in the context of an urban and interdependent society. And this kind of explanatory knowledge is necessary for an evaluation of past institutional changes and future institutional possibilities. "Part II of the paper contains the theory and an illustrative case study of its empirical warrantability. Part III of the paper argues that the thrust of most changes in institutional arrangements over the last decade may have exacerbated rather than ameliorated the human condition in urban society. This argument is congruent with the theoretical section. It also presents a key institutional reform which could set the agenda for responsive and effective governance of urban society in the immediate future."

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