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Urban renaissance?New Labour, community and urban policy$
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Rob Imrie and Mike Raco

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861343802

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861343802.001.0001

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Community and the changing nature of urban policy

Community and the changing nature of urban policy

(p.3) One Community and the changing nature of urban policy
Urban renaissance?

Rob Imrie

Mike Raco

Policy Press

This introductory chapter explains the objective of this book, which is to explore and explain the ways in which particular conceptions of community in Great Britain have underpinned urban policy and are a feature of New Labour's policy programmes for cities. This book describes the plethora of approaches to the regeneration of cities adopted by the Labour government and its various policy programmes, and evaluates how Labour's pronouncements about devolution of power and self-help are being translated into settings for individuals and their social networks to influence the regeneration of cities. It argues that the substance of urban policy has always been associated with particular discourses of community.

Keywords:   urban policy, community, Great Britain, New Labour, policy programmes, devolution, self-help, social networks

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