Journal Article

The Nature of Decision-making in the Post-war New Towns Policy: The Case of Basildon, c. 1945–70

Ikki Suge

in Twentieth Century British History

Volume 16, issue 2, pages 146-169
Published in print January 2005 | ISSN: 0955-2359
Published online January 2005 | e-ISSN: 1477-4674 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tweceb/hwi015
The Nature of Decision-making in the Post-war New Towns Policy: The Case of Basildon, c. 1945–70

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The nature of post-war economic and urban planning has been controversial. This article examines the problem through a ‘grass-roots’ study of the establishment and the early social history of Basildon, a representative example of post-war new towns. What views did the various sections of the central state, local government and residents hold towards the new towns policy? The article considers the relation between the new town Development Corporation and governmental departments, local government and tenants. This case study indicates that the plural and complex nature of decision-making based on informal and voluntary negotiations made the new towns policy inconsistent, and suggests that residents' voices were excluded from the process of decision-making.

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; Contemporary History (Post 1945) ; British History

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