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Trust and participation in urban regeneration

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dominic Aitken



This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).


Despite trust's perceived importance in participatory local governance, very few studies, theoretical and empirical, have devoted attention specifically to understanding their interaction. Focussing on resident participation in urban regeneration, this paper identifies shortcomings in the literature's theoretical grasp of trust. This has led to a trust-participation paradox: some academics have suggested that increasing resident trust in officers, institutions or their community will result in more participation, whilst others have argued that lower trust leads to greater participation. This paper suggests that the key to solving this theoretical quandary is to relinquish the perception of trust as a monolithic concept and recall its context-dependent nature. It proposes several forms of trust which could theoretically impact on residents' willingness to participate in urban regeneration: receptivity trust; ability trust; and representative trust. It concludes with recommendations for future theoretical and empirical research.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Aitken D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: People, Place and Policy Online

Year: 2012

Volume: 6

Issue: 3

Pages: 133-147

Online publication date: 14/12/2012

Date deposited: 01/10/2019

ISSN (electronic): 1753-8041

Publisher: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University


DOI: 10.3351/ppp.0006.0003.0003


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