Deprived neighbourhoods: future prospects for economic intervention

Stephen Syrett and David North

in Renewing neighbourhoods

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9781861348623
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303213 | DOI:
Deprived neighbourhoods: future prospects for economic intervention

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This chapter presents the possibilities and limitations of current policy approaches to improving the economic conditions that currently exist within deprived neighbourhoods. It focuses on the three key elements apparent in policy, i.e., work, enterprise and improved governance. In seeking to understand and respond to the economic needs of deprived neighbourhoods, place matters. Spatial differences present different economic challenges and require different mixes of interventions tailored and delivered to meet local needs. The New Labour governments have shown a commitment to placing the issue of localised deprivation at the centre of their policy agenda. However, the resulting impact on improving the economic life of deprived communities and the people who live within them has been hampered both by the wider discourses that have informed policy development and the practical problems of developing integrated delivery mechanisms. Any future development of the policy context needs to be informed by the basic issues discussed in this chapter.

Keywords: economic intervention; deprived neighbourhoods; economic challenges; New Labour; policy agenda; policy development

Chapter.  8475 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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