Heritage & Neo-liberalism

Professional Associations


In the age of ‘neo-liberalism, governments in developed countries have moved progressively away from the ‘welfare state model’ towards more economic rationalist approaches .  This shift embodies a corporatized view of the world – one in which governments no longer deliver services and infrastructure directly.

Instead, they rely upon their delivery via partnerships with corporate entities through public tender processes.  Thus, the role of governments is no longer to provide infrastructure and services so much as to facilitate their delivery through corporate entities.


This phenomenon has resulted in a dependency by government upon developers to cost -effectively deliver those services.  Cost effectiveness implies that governments have the task of removing any obstacles that may stand in the way of prompt and efficient service.  Certainly, this is the trend in both the UK and Australia.  It has become known as PPPs – public private partnerships. This system works almost to perfection because it has the ability to stamp out inefficiencies and cost distortions as well as giving governments control over public service and infrastructure provisioning.  In the case of Australia’ development model, virtually all services and infrastructure such as housing, roads, rail and maintenance  are delivered in this fashion.

Paul Rappoport – Heritage 21 – 23 August 2011


Related Articles

Heritage has become increasingly Litigious, Mysterious and Flaccid

I have been practicing as a heritage architect in NSW for the last 30 years and during that time, I…

Read more
Conservation and Conflict: Protecting Cultural Heritage

Claims of historical inaccuracy surrounded the 2014 release of “the Monuments Men” movie directed by and starring George Clooney. The…

Read more
Who Makes Decisions about Heritage?

Who makes decisions about heritage at federal, state and local government level? And who in the private sector makes decisions…

Read more
Should Heritage Design only be Presided over by Registered Architects?

Should heritage design only be presided over by registered architects? Arguably, there is a case for only registered architects to…

Read more


Complete the form below to contact us today.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
By signing in you agree with the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy