The Dark Side of Urban Informality in the Global North

This article deals with housing illegality/informality in Italy, where it represents an established aspect of urban development. It presents a case study focused on Desio, a town close to Milan in northern Italy. Here housing illegality occurs by virtue of the well‐established presence of a mafia‐type criminal organization (the ‘Ndrangheta).

The illicit side of urban development: Corruption and organised crime in the field of urban planning

The paper deals with issues of corruption in the planning domain. It centres on thorough analysis of the case of Desio (Milan, Italy), where a recent judicial inquiry discovered several instances of corruption related to the drafting of the local master plan, in an environment characterised by the rooted presence …

The Illicit and Illegal in Regional and Urban Governance and Development

Discussions of the illicit and the illegal have tended to be somewhat restricted in their disciplinary range, to date, and have been largely confined to the literatures of anthropology, criminology, policing and, to an extent, political science. However, these debates have impinged little on cognate literatures, not least those of …

Corruption in land-use issues: a crucial challenge for planning theory and practice

  This paper deals with the question of corruption in the field of land-use planning. To curb the insidious spread of graft and bribery, anti-corruption measures should be built into any planning system as part of its structure. Corruption in the planning field is largely tied to the opportunities that …

Corruzione e urbanistica

Gli episodi di corruzione sono, in Italia, elemento di cronaca quotidiana. Allo stesso tempo, la stigmatizzazione della corruzione è un leitmotiv del discorso pubblico e politico. E’ però sorprendente constatare, a fronte di ciò, la quasi totale assenza di provvedimenti in grado di affrontate efficacemente, in modo sistemico, il problema.

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