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Community and the changing nature of urban policy

Rob Imrie and Mike Raco

in Urban renaissance?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9781861343802
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304159 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861343802.003.0001
Community and the changing nature of urban policy

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This introductory chapter explains the objective of this book, which is to explore and explain the ways in which particular conceptions of community in Great Britain have underpinned urban policy and are a feature of New Labour's policy programmes for cities. This book describes the plethora of approaches to the regeneration of cities adopted by the Labour government and its various policy programmes, and evaluates how Labour's pronouncements about devolution of power and self-help are being translated into settings for individuals and their social networks to influence the regeneration of cities. It argues that the substance of urban policy has always been associated with particular discourses of community.

Keywords: urban policy; community; Great Britain; New Labour; policy programmes; devolution; self-help; social networks

Chapter.  11891 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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