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Land Rent, Housing and Urban Planning

A European Perspective, 1st Edition

Edited by Michael Ball, Michael Edwards, Vincenzo Bentivegna, Marino Folin


238 pages

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Originally published in 1985, Land Rent, Housing and Urban Planning looks at the crucial social relationships associated with land ownership, and how these have played a crucial role in the economic development of many societies. The understanding of these relationships within modern capitalist societies has proved difficult. Land ownership relations emerge as requiring specific historical analysis for specific periods and societies and as being integral aspects of the capitalist mode of production as a whole – not merely mechanisms which redistribute some independently-determined surplus.

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Part I: Editors Introduction

1. Modern Capitalism and the Theory of Urban Rent: A Review

Part II: The Social Relations of Land Development: A European Perspective

2. Prices, Profits and Rents in Residential Development: France 1960-80 France, Christian Topalov

3. Housing Development Processes in Europe: Some Hypotheses from a Comparative Analysis, Marino Folin

4. Land Rent and the Construction Industry, Michael Ball

5. The Law of the Land: Property Rights and Town Planning in Modern Britain, Michael McMahon

6. Land, Capital and the British Coal Industry Prior to World War II, Ben Fine

Part III: The Debate Over Marx’s Theory of Rent

7. A Marxist Approach to Urban Ground Rent: The Case of France, Alain Lipietz

8. Capitalist Urban Rent, Ambroise Gravejat

9. Marxian Categories and the Determination of Land Prices, Agostino Nardocci

Part IV: Political Implications

10. Theory of Urban Rent and the Working-Class Movement: The Case of Italy, Vincenzo Bentivegna

11. Planning and the Land Market: Problems, Prospects and Strategy, Michael Edwards

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Notes on Contributors


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Urban Planning

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1970 and 1998, draw together research by leading academics in the area of urban planning, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volumes examine teaching, urban markets, planning, transport planning, poverty, politics, forecasting techniques and an examination of the inner city in Europe and the US, whilst also exploring the general principles and practices of planning. This set will be of particular interest to students of sociology, geography, planning and urbanization respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography