Mike Raco, Frances Brill

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ISBN 9781788213059
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ISBN 9781788213066
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ISBN 9781788213073
232 pages   |  234 x 156mm   |  28 July 2022
Series: Megacities


“This book brings together public regulation and property market activity under the lens of urban planning, providing fresh data, sharp observations and meticulous research. A must-read to understand what shapes new residential landscapes in global cities like London today beyond property market crises.” – Tuna Tasan-Kok, Chair of Urban Governance and Planning, University of Amsterdam


This book addresses what, on the face of it, seems a straightforward question: who is governing London and how? Similar questions are being asked in megacities and societies across the world in an era that is shaped by multiple crises and insecurities.

Drawing on a range of evidence, the analysis documents the rise of a growth-led, London model of planning. At its heart has been a slow but steady corrosion of the public realm; in which powers, resources, and responsibilities have been voluntarily ceded to a range of players at multiple scales, found mainly in the private sector. The book details the ways in which planning deliberations and political choices are now conducted in the “shadow of the market”, with an eye to what these players and interests – what the authors term the para-state – want and need. There is nothing inevitable about what has happened in London and nothing irreversible given sufficient political will.


1. Planning challenges and the emergence of a london model
2. Public regulation and planning for the global city
3. Private regulation, governance, and the rise of the para-state capital
4. Governing the financing and funding of the london model
5. London’s housing crisis and emergence of new residential landscapes
6. Tall buildings and the built environment
7. Major infrastructure projects: the building of the Thames Tideway Tunnel and Crossrail
8. People, diversity and community
9. Challenging the para-state: political representation, community politics, and the right to regulate
10. Risks, resilience and failure: what next for the london model?

Author Information

Mike Raco is Professor of Urban Governance and Development at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. His books include State-led Privatisation and the Demise of the Democratic State (2016).

Frances Brill is the Margaret Tyler Research Fellow in Geography at Girton College, University of Cambridge.

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