ABSTRACT

The objective of this type of analysis is to identify and describe relationships between governmental activities and urban and regional development. In this context, governmental “policy” is defined very broadly as any activity by public agencies which affects urban and regional development. It includes explicit, policies expressed in legislative plans as well as the unstated implicit, and often unintended ones. Some of the latter may result from decisions to do nothing. For example, squatter settlement removal as well as government tolerance and neglect of such settlements are both examples of urban policy. Though primary attention is concentrated here on the consequences of urban and regional policy, analysis also can be directed to the causes of this policy. We might ask for instance, what impacts public and private groups have on government urban and regional policy?