Land Use Institutions and Socio-Ecological Systems: A Spatial Analysis of Local Landscape Changes in Poland

Deslatte, Aaron, Szmigiel-Rawska, Katarzyna, Tavares, António, Slawska, Justyna, Karsznia, Izabela and Łukomska, Julita, (2022). Land Use Institutions and Socio-Ecological Systems: A Spatial Analysis of Local Landscape Changes in Poland. Land Use Policy, 114(C), 1-14

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    Author Deslatte, Aaron
    Szmigiel-Rawska, Katarzyna
    Tavares, António
    Slawska, Justyna
    Karsznia, Izabela
    Łukomska, Julita
    Title Land Use Institutions and Socio-Ecological Systems: A Spatial Analysis of Local Landscape Changes in Poland
    Appearing in Land Use Policy
    Volume 114
    Issue No. C
    Publication Date 2022
    Place of Publication Amsterdam
    Publisher Elsevier
    Start page 1
    End page 14
    Language eng
    Abstract Understanding the complex impacts of human settlement patterns on social and natural systems is critical for immediate and long-term policy decisions and ecosystem preservation. Land-use patterns can be conceptualized as a form of integrated natural-human system within urban regions. However, extant scholarship on urban development and sprawl often overlooks the institutional diversity which exists across countries and regions. Development and land-use are politically charged governance issues, and these studies have rarely examined the influences of local political institutions on land-use changes across countries and over time. To help build cumulative knowledge on such urban systems, this study examines landscape change in Poland, which has undergone significant institutional evolution since the fall of the Soviet Union. Drawing from the urban and social-ecological systems (SES) literatures, we estimate spatio-temporal models of the interactive effects of socioeconomic and political variables on land-use intensity. Consistent with an SES approach, the analysis finds that characteristics of the institutional design of land-use regulation – local autonomy, the productivity of the resource, and the predictability of land-use dynamics – influence more-intensive landscape changes over the study period (2006–2018). Specifically, both the electoral stability of the mayor and wealth of the community have a positive interactive effect on the conversion of landscapes to more urban uses. Development is also influenced by spatial and temporal dependency, and the availability of European Union “cohesion” investments intended to address economic inequality and promote sustainable development. The findings advance our understanding of the complexity of urban land-use patterns and sustainability goals.
    Keyword Social-ecological systems
    Land use dynamics
    Institutions
    Growth machines
    Land Use Change Index (LUCI)
    Spatial analysis
    Poland
    Copyright Holder Elsevier
    Copyright Year 2022
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISSN 18735754
    DOI 10.1016/j.landusepol.2021.105937
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