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Disadvantaged by where you live?Neighbourhood governance in contemporary urban policy$
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Ian Smith, Eileen Lepine, and Marilyn Taylor

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348951

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348951.001.0001

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The future of neighbourhoods in urban policy

The future of neighbourhoods in urban policy

(p.205) Eleven The future of neighbourhoods in urban policy
Disadvantaged by where you live?

Eileen Lepine

Ian Smith

Marilyn Taylor

Policy Press

This chapter draws on concepts of neighbourhood governance in terms of ‘sites’, ‘spaces’, and ‘spheres’ to examine its realities. It brings together key issues raised by contributing authors in order to examine the potential place of neighbourhood governance in a new settlement between central and local government, community and citizen. It explains that in doing so, it does not claim that neighbourhood governance is the answer to all the challenges of a complex society — it also addresses the limitations of neighbourhood governance — but it argues for an understanding of its proper place in a complex polity. Hence, this chapter examines the importance of context in shaping developments in neighbourhood governance, the place of the neighbourhood within multi-level governance, and the assumptions about democracy that underpin these new forms of governance.

Keywords:   urban policy, neighbourhood governance, sites, spaces, spheres, local government, community, citizen, complex polity, democracy

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