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The well-connected communityA networking approach to community development$
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Alison Gilchrist

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420565

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420565.001.0001

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Community development

Community development

(p.23) TWO Community development
The well-connected community

Alison Gilchrist

Policy Press

This chapter provides a historical account of different models of community development mainly as they have emerged in the UK but with reference to more global perspectives, as propounded by the International Association for Community Development (IACD) and the United Nations. Community development has become increasingly professionalised but still retains a strong activist base and focus on civil society. In Britain, community development has to some extent been co-opted as a means of community engagement and empowerment, resulting in a delicate balancing act between the state agenda and community interests. In many ways it has highlighted the role of community practitioners, those who work at the interface between statutory bodies and citizens, in ensuring that the users of services can be involved in decision-making and the co-production of agreed outcomes, such as improved community safety or economic regeneration.

Keywords:   community development, UK, United Nations, community engagement, civil society, IACD

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