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[Xmca-l] CHAT and Government Land use decision making
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I am trying to establish whether other academics have encountered my particular field of inquiry.
This exploratory qualitative research focuses on the decision-making process of state and local government bureaucrats as it relates to temporary uses. Events, such as markets, community, sporting, music, art and agricultural shows can be one-off, intermittent or a regular user of vacant private or public land, water or the air. Anecdotal evidence notes that government, community and industry actors hold different interpretations, priorities and understandings and as a result events are inconsistently treated in the land use regulation process. There is uncertainty, conflicting organizational priorities and community expectations, and a lack of useful policies, practices or methodologies.
The research applies Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) as a conceptual framework enhanced by a theoretical scaffold provided by Weber’s classic theory of rationality, Bozeman’s red tape theory, Lipsky’s work on street level bureaucracy and Ritzer’s McDonaldization. CHAT acts as a lens to understand the decision-making process drawing upon data collected from documents and semi-structured interviews of legislators, event organisers and government staff.
I am particularly interested in exploring the decision-making process for events with following characteristics/dynamics:
• Land-, water- or air-based use/event
• Held on private or public spaces
• One-off, intermittent or a regular use/event
• Arranged with a commercial or not-for-profit focus
• Using temporary facilities such as marques, stages, car parks, amenities and food kiosks to make any public or private space usable
• On or in a space (building, land, water or air) not primarily intended for the use/event
• At the end of the temporary use/event the space is restored, as far as is practicable, to the pre-use condition
• Does not hinder the permanent development of the space
• Can be a mix of temporary uses, e.g. camping with a concert.
If you are aware of any academic research or insights into events decision making processes.
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law
University of Newcastle
NEWCASTLE NSW 2300 Australia