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Condominium Governance and Law in Global Urban Context

ISBN 9780367897093
Published February 9, 2021 by Routledge
298 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines condominium, property, governance, and law in international and conceptual perspective and reveals this urban realm as complex and mutating.

Condominiums are proliferating the world over and transforming the socio-spatial organization of cities and residential life. The collection assembles arguably the most prominent scholars in the world currently working in this broad area and situated in multiple disciplines, including legal and socio-legal studies, political science, public administration, and sociology. Their analyses span condominium governance and law on five continents and in nine countries: the United States (US), China, Australia, the United Kingdom (UK), Canada, South Africa, Israel, Denmark, and Spain. Neglected issues and emerging trends related to condominium governance and law in cities from Tel Aviv to Chicago to Melbourne are discerned and analysed. The book pursues fresh empirical inquiries and cogent conceptual engagements regarding how condominiums are governed through law and other means. It includes accounts of a wide range of governance difficulties including chronic anti-social owner behaviour, short-term rentals, and even the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they are being dealt with. By uncovering crucial cross-national commonalities, the book reveals the global urban context of condominium governance and law as empirically rich and conceptually fruitful.

The book will appeal to researchers and students in socio-legal studies, law, sociology, political science, urban studies, and public administration as well as journalists, social activists, policymakers, and condo owners/board members.

Table of Contents

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Notes on Contributors


Introduction: Condominium Governance and Law in Global Urban Context
Randy K. Lippert and Stefan Treffers

Part 1: Conceptualizing Condominium Property, Governance, Law, and Influence

Chapter 1 - Narratives of property and the limits of legal reform in the English leasehold system and its counterparts in other jurisdictions
Sarah Blandy

Chapter 2 – Embedded property
Douglas C. Harris

Chapter 3 – Private governance of condominium land: Common law versus statute
Cathy Sherry

Chapter 4 – Turnover or roll over?: Property developer legal avoidance and influence on condominium governance in New York City and Toronto
Randy K. Lippert and Stefan Treffers

Chapter 5 – Between ownership and privacy: Private surveillance and condominium governance in Israel Dorit Garfunkel

Part 2: International Case Studies in Condominium Law, Dilemmas of Governance, and Statutory Reform

Chapter 6 – Homeowner associations’ role in China’s condominium governance
Lisa Wei Gao

Chapter 7 – Living with strata towers: A case study of metropolitan Melbourne in disruptive global times
Rebecca Leshinsky

Chapter 8 – European and South African law perspectives on the efficacy of sanctions to confront chronic rulebreakers in condominium developments
Cornelius van der Merwe

Chapter 9 – Untying built-in knots in Danish condominium law: A balancing of interests
Kristian Graven Nielsen and Hans Henrik Edlund

Chapter 10 – New challenges to Spanish condominiums in an economic and pandemic crisis
Sergio Nasarre-Aznar

Part 3: Broader Issues and Futures of Condominium Governance

Chapter 11 – Law reform challenges: An evaluation of Australia’s strata law trends and implications
Nicole Johnston

Chapter 12 – The emerging architecture of state regulation in North American condominium governance
Stefan Treffers

Chapter 13 – Condominiums aren’t forever: Governance, redevelopment, and implications for the city
Hazel Easthope and Bill Randolph

Chapter 14 – Law on paper and law in practice: The contradictions of condominium governance in urban China
Ngai Ming Yip, Yang Zheng, and Sheng Jiang

Chapter 15 - Chicago’s "deconversion" waves and the fragility of condominium associations
Evan McKenzie

Conclusion: Condominium Governance and Law, Property, and Global Urban Futures


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Randy K. Lippert is Professor at the University of Windsor, Canada, where he specializes in socio-legal studies, urban governance, and security/surveillance. He is author or co-author of some 90 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He is co-author (with K. Walby) of Municipal Corporate Security in International Context (Routledge 2015) and co-editor (with K. Walby) of Policing Cities: Urban Securitization and Regulation in a 21st Century World (Routledge 2013). He is also co-editor with others of Sanctuary Practices in International Perspective (Routledge 2012), and Eyes Everywhere: Global Growth of Camera Surveillance (Routledge, 2012). He has been visiting professor at the Centre of Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies, University of Toronto (2006), and Thinker-in-Residence, Deakin University in Australia (2015).

Stefan Treffers is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at York University, Toronto, Canada, with interests in urban governance. His doctoral work is on austerity and urban revitalization projects in Detroit, USA following its unprecedented bankruptcy. He is a member of the CITY Institute at York University and has recently co-authored two articles and one book chapter on condominium governance and law. He has conducted research on a range of topics related to housing governance, policing, social ordering, and surveillance and has published broadly on these topics, most recently in Social & Legal Studies and Housing Studies.