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Community action and planningContexts, drivers and outcomes$
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Nick Gallent and Daniela Ciaffi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447315162

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447315162.001.0001

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Active communities of interest and the political process in Italy

Active communities of interest and the political process in Italy

(p.201) 11 Active communities of interest and the political process in Italy
Community action and planning

Daniela Ciaffi

Policy Press

The chapter investigates the wide variety of contexts, drivers and outcomes characterizing the Italian scene. Three paradigmatic case studies are presented in order to explore the lifecycle of community action and planning. The first – in the earthquake-hit city of L'Aquila – is a short-run case. The second – in the Sicilian city of Palermo – is at an embryonic stage. The third – in the town of Canelli, near Asti in Piedmont – appears as the more mature experience. Together they reveal how complex the balance between community mobilisation and municipal strategy is. In the first two cases the communities of interest appear frustrated by poor and intermittent institutional support, whilst the third case is biased towards an opaque planning process. The recurrent theme is the need to change the prevailing style of planning and make it more transparent, more interactive, and more open to innovation.

Keywords:   community of interest, urban planning, activism, neighbourhood, lifecycle

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