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A perspective on social-ecological system framework and new institutional economics theories in explaining public open spaces (pos) governance and quality issues

Hoh, G. T. L. (2019) A perspective on social-ecological system framework and new institutional economics theories in explaining public open spaces (pos) governance and quality issues. Journal of Design and Built Environment, 19 (2). pp. 1-13. ISSN 2232-1500

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Official URL: https://dx.doi.org/10.22452/jdbe.vol19no2.1

Abstract

There has been relatively little attention paid to the implications of property-rights structures on urban and neighbourhood commons, particularly in respect to government/state-owned public open space (POS) governance, its management and its quality. By establishing interconnections of the property-rights structure with POS governance and its quality externalities, the theory of new institutional economics, the social-ecological system framework, as well as the social dilemma theory and the commons and opportunism concepts were employed and reviewed, to synthesise a conceptual framework which can help illuminate and explain the complex nexus of an institutional-social-POS system. Findings suggested that adversarial institutional design and arrangement (e.g., maladaptive property regime, incomplete rights, and attenuated rights) and change of the property-rights system, coupled with highly positive transaction cost distributions, contribute to inefficient POS governance and management, which consequently results in a suboptimal quality and sustainability of POS. This synthesis provides policy and management insights by making public officials aware of the importance of the institutional-social-ecological system, and by making them consider a re-engineering of the POS ownership regime and its management rights via an adaptive property-rights structure assessment and re-allocation.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:property-rights system, public open space, opportunism
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:89656
Deposited By: Narimah Nawil
Deposited On:22 Feb 2021 09:44
Last Modified:22 Feb 2021 09:44

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