Corruption, crisis and planning policies
The Free-Trade Zone project in the metropolitan area of Valencia, Spain
ByJorge Ignacio Selfa Clemente
Pages 18

This chapter describes the context and processes by which corruption was defined and introduced into the debate surrounding planning policy after the financial crash of 2008 in the Valencian Community. After the economic crisis of 2008, corruption became one of the main political themes in Spain and especially in the Valencian Community. The chapter briefly presents the main political debates and conceptualisation of corruption in the Valencian Community. It also describes the main effects of the economic recession on the Valencian Community and changes in how corruption is perceived. The chapter deals extensively with the Zona Franca de Paterna project as an example of the reporting of corruption and the generation of debates and controversies in urban and regional planning. Finally, consideration of the Valencian case permits some conclusions to be inferred that may contribute to the analysis of the nexus between corruption and urban planning.