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The end of social innovation in urban development strategies?: The case of antwerp and the neighbourhood development association 'BOM'

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This article examines the changes since the 1970s in the urban political regime in Antwerp. It focuses on the period 1990-2005; there was a shift from the traditional physical renewal policy (including social housing construction) of the 1980s, to a neighbourhood-based socially innovative urban development policy (1990s), and finally to a more mainstream real-estate led and market-driven urban policy starting in 2002. The article addresses both the material and discursive practices of main actors within the spheres of political and civil society. The analysis is built around the history of the neighbourhood development association BOM, once a leading urban policy innovator, but closed down in 2005 because it no longer fitted within the 'new' city-hall-controlled top-down urban policy concept. © SAGE Publications, Inc. 2007.

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Author(s): Christiaens E, Moulaert F, Bosmans B

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Urban and Regional Studies

Year: 2007

Volume: 14

Issue: 3

Pages: 238-251

Print publication date: 01/07/2007

ISSN (print): 0969-7764

ISSN (electronic): 1461-7145

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/0969776407077741


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