Neighbourhoods, democracy and citizenship

Joanna Howard and David Sweeting

in Disadvantaged by where you live?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348951
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302100 | DOI:
Neighbourhoods, democracy and citizenship

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This chapter explores the nature of democracy in neighbourhoods in England in the context of the government's neighbourhood agenda. It examines tensions between forms of democracy through an analysis of key programmes in the government's Neighbourhood Renewal Agenda. It notes that the current emphasis on neighbourhood governance promises to reconfigure local democracy and the neighbourhood level is presented as having the potential for widespread citizen participation and engagement. It observes that the government asserts that ‘neighbourhood arrangements must be consistent with local representative democracy’, but government prescription remains ambiguous on the nature of democracy.

Keywords: democracy; neighbourhoods; England; Neighbourhood Renewal Agenda; neighbourhood governance; citizen participation

Chapter.  7336 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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