Contractual arrangements in urban regeneration projects
In a new publication in Urban Studies, Martijn van den Hurk and Tuna Tasan-Kok provide in-depth empirical insight into contractual arrangements for urban regeneration projects in the Netherlands.
Urban regeneration projects involve complex contractual deals between public- and private-sector actors. Critics contend that contracts hamper opportunities for flexibility and change in these projects due to strict provisions that are incorporated in legal agreements. However, empirical evidence on what is actually written within contracts is often missing.
In this new article, Martijn van den Hurk and Tuna Tasan-Kok address how practitioners deal with contractual arrangements for urban regeneration, presenting an analysis of what is included in contracts and how the actors involved navigate within contractual arrangements. This article taps into data sources that are difficult to access, addressing what is included in contracts and how they are used by practitioners, and presents questions for future research on contracts in the urban built environment.
The analysis draws attention to two common practices in Dutch urban regeneration projects. First, the authors show that local authorities tend to avoid confrontation and conflict with their contractual partners. Second, although contingency provisions are designed to render adaptability and facilitate the redefinition of task allocations between the public- and private-sector parties, we demonstrate that actors find other ways of changing the original arrangements.
van den Hurk, M., & Tasan-Kok, T. (2020). Contractual arrangements and entrepreneurial governance: Flexibility and leeway in urban regeneration projects. Urban Studies, 57 (16), 3217-3235.
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