Journal article

Engaging the ‘ungovernable’: urban informality issues and insights for planning

R Recio

Journal in Urban and Regional Planning | University of the Philippines - School of Urban and Regional Planning | Published : 2015


Over the years, studies have noted the prevalence of urban informality in many countries in the Global South. Yet, despite its pervasiveness in poor and developing countries, urban informality has often been associated with ungovernable practices. Ungovernability, however, is never devoid of state intervention. The literature demonstrates the importance of looking into formal- informal nexus in relation to planning and policy-making. This amplifies the need to analyze how formal and informal arrangements interact to manage informal economic activities. This paper examines the interaction of formal governance mechanisms and informal grassroots collective action initiatives as a way to grappl..

View full abstract