(May 2011) Who does it? Who pays for it? Why?
The research focuses on the financial aspects of public action - studied in the field of urban policies - in a phase of evolving institutional settings, toward privatization and decentralization. Within this frame, the research focuses on the local government - municipal level - and investigates how is it changing the way "financial resources" are made available for urban transformation and which are the outcomes on the way of conceptualizing public action. The thesis will be developed through the analysis of an emerging form of financing urban tranformation, in the social housing sector. The analysis assumes the concept of the "fair exchange" defined by Fausto Curti in the homonym text (Curti 2006), in which, beside the need to guarantee the conditions for the private activation it is stressed the importance of assuring both the collective impact and/or the sustainability of the public involvement. This paper presents the structure of the research project.
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