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Understanding construction reform discourses

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posted on 04.06.2015 by John-Paul Smiley, Scott Fernie, Andrew Dainty
Attempts to drive change and reform of the UK construction industry have been an ongoing concern for numerous stakeholders, both in government and across industry, for years. The issue is a seemingly perennially topical one which shows little sign of abating. Scholarly analyses of the reform agenda have tended to adopt a Critical Theory perspective. Such an approach, however, lacks a certain nuance and perhaps only reveals one layer of social reality. What is arguably lacking is a more fundamental exposition concerning the historical, social and cultural explanatory forces at play. While it is illuminating to expose vested interests, ideology and power, what has led to the development of various views? How have they come to achieve such high accord in discussions? Drawing on the works of Max Weber, Georg Simmel and Barbara Adam, this paper seeks to develop a broader theoretical lens. It considers the wider socio-cultural structures and forces that influence behaviour, shape and constrain these views. This approach will contribute to a much needed broader philosophical and theoretical debate within the construction management community (and beyond) on the need to better engage with, and understand, the sources influencing the issue of policy formulation and diffusion. © 2014 Taylor & Francis.

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  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

Construction Management and Economics

Volume

32

Issue

7-8

Pages

804 - 815

Citation

SMILEY, J.-P., FERNIE, S. and DAINTY, A.R.J., 2014. Understanding construction reform discourses. Construction Management and Economics, 32 (7-8), pp. 804 - 815.

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© Taylor & Francis

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Publication date

2014

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Construction Management and Economics on 8th May 2014, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01446193.2014.909049

ISSN

0144-6193

eISSN

1466-433X

Language

en

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