Governance in historic urban environments: A theoretical review

Landorf, Chris (2011) Governance in historic urban environments: A theoretical review. International Journal of Heritage and Sustainable Development, 1 1: 7-16.

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Author Landorf, Chris
Title Governance in historic urban environments: A theoretical review
Journal name International Journal of Heritage and Sustainable Development
ISSN 1647-4112
Publication date 2011-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 1
Issue 1
Start page 7
End page 16
Total pages 10
Editor Sérgio Lira
Place of publication Barcelos, Portugal
Publisher Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Subject Original Creative Work - Textual work
Formatted abstract
Governance has become a vehicle for sustainable development policies and programs that target the social improvement of communities. The role of the state in such a model assumes that of a facilitator promoting localised partnerships and community participation. These developments are now reflected in policy implementation at a variety of levels, including the management of heritage sites. However, it is difficult to see how a governance model can succeed under current heritage management frameworks. This is particularly so where a site is an integral part of an active community, such as a historic town centre or cultural landscape. Heritage management models have traditionally separated historic and contemporary identities. This weakens the link between people and place which is considered to be a fundamental contributor to a socially cohesive and sustainable community. This paper explores some of the theoretical concepts surrounding sustainable development through governance with a particular emphasis on social sustainability. The need for institutional and procedural innovation is suggested if historic environments are to contribute fully to sustainable development. The paper concludes by presenting a framework for localised decision-making in historic urban environments.
Keyword Governance
Historic urban environments
Socially sustainable development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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