Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Online First: Re-examining the Growth Machine Ideology of Cities Conservation of Historic Properties in Hong Kong

Re-examining the Growth Machine Ideology of Cities

Conservation of Historic Properties in Hong Kong

  1. Esther H. K. Yung1
  2. Edwin H. W. Chan1
  1. 1The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong
  1. Esther H. K. Yung, Department of Building and Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Email:


This article aims to examine (1) what impact growth machine ideology has on historic conservation and vice versa, (2) how heritage conservation effort’s institutional arrangements affect the composition and operation of growth coalitions, and (3) the impact of public concern on manipulating the growth machine ideology. This study looks at the conservation of two cases in Hong Kong, both of which have extremely high land value, to examine the complex interplay between built heritage and growth machine politics. The study also reveals how growth coalitions extend beyond formal institutional arrangements and how public concerns also greatly shape and determine the role of heritage conservation in contributing to growth in urban politics. This study provides a deeper understanding of the shifting value of heritage in cities where the growth machine thesis is espoused and examines how it is reframed by different actors.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Urban Colloquy on Regime Politics podcasts now available!

Two podcasts have been recorded to showcase and elaborate on the Urban Colloquy published in UAR in January 2015. The podcasts feature Dr. Peter Burns, Dr. Clarence N. Stone, Dr. Michael Jones-Correa, Diane Wong, Dr. Joel Rast. and Dr. Katherine B. Hankins.

The podcasts may be listened to here.

Urban Colloquy on Clarence N. Stone’s Regime Politics, Part I

This is the first of a two-part series moderated by Peter Burns, Editor of Urban Affairs Review, on the Urban Colloquy of Vol. 51, Issue 1 (January 2015): "Clarence N. Stone’s Regime Politics." Burns invites Clarence N. Stone to reflect on his recent article, “Reflections on Regime Politics: From Governing Coalition to Urban Political Order.” Michael Jones-Correa and Diane Wong contribute to the discussion with their article titled “Whose Politics? Reflections on Clarence Stone’s Regime Politics.”  

Urban Colloquy on Clarence N. Stone’s Regime Politics, Part II

This is Part II of the Urban Affairs Review Urban Colloquy: "Clarence N. Stone’s Regime Politics" (Vol. 51, Issue 1, January 2015). Peter Burns, Editor of UAR, invites Joel Rast, author of “Urban Regime Theory and the Problem of Change,” and Katherine B. Hankins, author of “Regime Politics in Geography,” to the discussion.