A continental ambience? Lessons in managing alcohol-related evening and night-time entertainment from four European capitals

Roberts, Marion and Turner, Chris and Greenfield, Steve and Osborn, Guy (2006) A continental ambience? Lessons in managing alcohol-related evening and night-time entertainment from four European capitals. Urban Studies, 43 (7). pp. 1105-1125. ISSN 0042-0980

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00420980600711423

Abstract

Attempts to revitalise the centres of British towns and cities in the 1990s drew on the concept of the 24-hour city and, by extension, into liquor licensing reform. The protagonists for the 24-hour city, and many magistrates and local authorities, assumed that a relaxation of British licensing laws would bring about a more civilised mode of alcohol consumption and deliver a 'continental ambience' to urban life that would extend into the night. This paper brings forward evidence from a cross-cultural comparison of four European cities to demonstrate that a 'continental' style of alcohol consumption is supported by a variety of controls and enforcement measures. It concludes that British free market attitudes to licensing reform will undermine the government's professed aspirations for an 'urban renaissance' of cultural inclusion and animation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Online ISSN 1360-063X
Subjects: University of Westminster > Westminster Law School
University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of (No longer in use)
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2009 15:49
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/1928

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