Quasi-public place-governance: an exploration of shopping centres

DICKINSON, Jill (2019). Quasi-public place-governance: an exploration of shopping centres. Business Law Review, 40 (4), 161-169.

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Shopping centres face multiple issues arising from their status as quasi-public Third Places. Such challenges are compounded by the enduring, difficult retail environment. Against this backdrop, the research explores how a legally pluralistic understanding of place-governance could inform future strategies for securing shopping centres’ roles within the community. This UK-based, bistage, multi-case study draws on various data sources collected from seven shopping centres across Northern England. It adopts both thematic analysis and cross-case synthesis to generate rich findings. The data analysis identified three key themes: the diverse shopping centre population, internally generated norms and externally developed law. This article makes a bifold contribution to the literature. First, it commingles and develops theories of legal geography and legal pluralism to introduce a new tripartite lens for exploring place-governance, which comprises black-letter, policy and cultural elements. Secondly, it utilizes this model to generate empirically based findings about shopping centre place-governance from the insider perspectives of centre management, centre operatives and tenants.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1801 Law
Page Range: 161-169
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2019 09:30
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2021 09:40
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/24330

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