Participation and local urban regeneration in the UK: the case of the New Deal for Communities

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Author(s)Dargan L
Publication type Article
JournalRegional Studies
ISSN (print)0034-3404
ISSN (electronic)1360-0591
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The contention of this paper is that the policy discourses of ‘community’ and of ‘participation’ underpinning area-based regeneration programmes are overly simplistic, and their use in regeneration policy is, as a consequence, highly problematic. Based on an analysis of regeneration partnership in the north of England, this paper will demonstrate that, while partnership members share the same levels of access in decision-making structures, the members of partnership boards have such different understandings of the purpose of participation and the role of residents in the regeneration process that it has created conflict serious enough to affect delivery of regeneration.
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