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The continuing popularity of the neighbourhood and neighbourhood governance in the transition from the 'big state' to the 'big society' paradigm

Bailey, Nick and Pill, Madeleine (2011) The continuing popularity of the neighbourhood and neighbourhood governance in the transition from the 'big state' to the 'big society' paradigm. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 29 (5). pp. 927-942. ISSN 0263-774X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/c1133r

Abstract

The neighbourhood in both the UK and Europe continues to dominate thinking about the quality of life in local communities, representation and empowerment, and how local services can be delivered most effectively. For several decades a series of centrally funded programmes in neighbour- hood governance have targeted localities suffering deprivation and social exclusion in England. From these much can be learnt about the strengths and limitations of a local approach to achieving multiple objectives.We review the findings of a case study of neighbourhood governance in the City of Westminster and draw on evaluations of two national programmes. In the conclusions we discuss the problems arising from multiple objectives and examine the prospects for neighbourhood governance as the national paradigm moves away from `big state' solutions towards the less-well-defined `big society' approach and the reinvention of `localism'. While the rationale for neighbourhood governance may change, the `neighbourhood' as a site for service delivery and planning remains as important now as in the past.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of
ID Code:9954
Deposited On:03 Oct 2011 11:19
Last Modified:25 Oct 2011 12:40

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