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Bringing Britain Together? The limitations of area-based regeneration policies in addressing deprivation

Lookup NU author(s): Paul Chatterton, David Bradley


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This paper is concerned with the extent to which the new tranche of area-based policy initiatives from New Labour can address deprivation. We argue that such policies are likely to meet the failures of previous initiatives as they continue to simplify the complex processes underlying regeneration: they arbitrarily draw boundaries around regeneration areas; they represent a continuation of place commodification; and, they continue to represent accountability structures which rest with statutory bodies rather than the community. Without reinventing the wheel, urban policy needs to revisit conventional wisdom relating to territorial development: namely, that local regeneration is determined by factors inside and outside particular localities.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Chatterton P, Bradley DP

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Local Economy

Year: 2000

Volume: 15

Issue: 2

Pages: 98-111

ISSN (print): 0269-0942

ISSN (electronic): 1470-9325


DOI: 10.1080/02690940050122668


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