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Governing through localism, contract and community: evidence from anti-social behaviour strategies in Scotland

Rionach Casey and John Flint

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Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420282
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301493 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420282.003.0006
Governing through localism, contract and community: evidence from anti-social behaviour strategies in Scotland

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The Scottish Executive's anti-social behaviour (ASB) strategy is primarily being delivered at the local authority level, with a particular emphasis on the worst-affected neighbourhoods. This chapter explores how forms of accountability, partnership and contract play out within ASB strategies in Scotland. It considers two key dimensions: the dual and simultaneous processes of centralisation and localism within governance frameworks; and the contested concepts of citizenship and responsibility for governing ASB, mediated by the interface between formal and informal mechanisms of social control. The chapter argues that the ambiguities of roles, the limited scales of intervention, and the resistance of actors create a disjunction between strategy rationales and actual delivery of policies on the ground. The chapter draws on the findings of two research studies: a Scottish Executive-funded assessment of the impact of ASB strategies at the neighbourhood level in four Scottish local authorities (Edinburgh, Fife, North Lanarkshire and the Scottish Borders); and an evaluation of the Neighbour Relations policy and practice of the Glasgow Housing Association, which manages 75,000 homes in the city.

Keywords: Scotland; anti-social behaviour; accountability; partnership; contract; centralisation; localism; social control; local authorities; Glasgow Housing Association

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