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Spatial justice and locality: the conceptual framework and application

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ali MadanipourORCiD, Dr Elizabeth BrooksORCiD, Emeritus Professor Mark Shucksmith OBE, Dr Hilary Talbot



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Place-based strategies are widely discussed as powerful instruments of economic and community development. In terms of the European debate, the local level - cities, towns and neighbourhoods - has recently come under increased scrutiny as a potentially decisive actor in Cohesion Policy. As understandings of socio-spatial and economic cohesion evolve, the idea that spatial justice requires a concerted policy response has gained currency. Given the political, social and economic salience of locale, this book explores the potential contribution of place-based initiatives to more balanced and equitable socio-economic development, as well as to growth in a more general sense. The overall architecture of the book and the individual chapters address place-based perspective from a number of vantage points, including the potential of achieving greater effectiveness in EU and national level development policies, through a greater local level and citizens' role and concrete actions for achieving this, enhancing decision-making autonomy by pooling local capacities for action; linking relative development autonomy to local outcomes and viewing spatial justice as a concept and policy goal. The book highlights, through the use of case-studies, how practicable and actionable knowledge can be gained from local development experiences. This book targets researchers, practitioners and students who seek to learn more about place-based development and its potentials. Its cross-cutting focus on spatial justice and place will ensure that the book is of wider international interest.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Madanipour A, Brooks E, Shucksmith M, Talbot H

Editor(s): Fritsch, M; Kahila, P; Nemeth, S; Scott, J

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Spatial Justice and Cohesion: The Role of Place-based Action in Community Development

Year: 2023

Pages: 33-45

Print publication date: 01/09/2023

Online publication date: 31/08/2023

Acceptance date: 31/03/2023

Edition: 1st

Number of Volumes: 1

Publisher: Routledge

Place Published: London and New York


DOI: 10.4324/9781003229681

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781003229681