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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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Neighbourhoods, democracy and citizenship

Neighbourhoods, democracy and citizenship

(p.105) Six Neighbourhoods, democracy and citizenship
Disadvantaged by where you live?

Joanna Howard

David Sweeting

Policy Press

This chapter explores the nature of democracy in neighbourhoods in England in the context of the government's neighbourhood agenda. It examines tensions between forms of democracy through an analysis of key programmes in the government's Neighbourhood Renewal Agenda. It notes that the current emphasis on neighbourhood governance promises to reconfigure local democracy and the neighbourhood level is presented as having the potential for widespread citizen participation and engagement. It observes that the government asserts that ‘neighbourhood arrangements must be consistent with local representative democracy’, but government prescription remains ambiguous on the nature of democracy.

Keywords:   democracy, neighbourhoods, England, Neighbourhood Renewal Agenda, neighbourhood governance, citizen participation

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