Modernisation and community governance

Paul Hoggett, Marjorie Mayo and Miller Chris

in The dilemmas of development work

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349729
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303732 | DOI:
Modernisation and community governance

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This chapter makes an analysis in the context of the changing relationship between state and civil society with a particular focus on Blair's Britain. It notes that Labour's ‘modernisation agenda’ is situated in terms of processes of public service reform that were first set in train under Margaret Thatcher. It considers two dimensions of modernisation under Labour — as a set of policies designed to address the perceived social problems relating to young people and disadvantaged communities and as a strategy for institutional change. It notes that development workers involved in regeneration are both agents of modernisation (spearheading community governance, for example) and objects of modernisation (subject to the same processes of managerialisation as other public sector professions, for example). It highlights the inconsistencies and contradictions of modernisation and the way in which this therefore contributes to the dilemmas that development workers face.

Keywords: state; civil society; Blair's Britain; Labour's modernisation agenda; Margaret Thatcher; social problems; strategy for institutional change; development workers; dilemmas

Chapter.  5730 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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