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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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From residents to citizens:

From residents to citizens:

The emergence of neighbourhood movements in Spain

(p.59) 4 From residents to citizens
Community action and planning

Gemma Vilà

Policy Press

The chapter analyses the emergence and development of community based action in Spain. It focuses on its origins and the conditions making it possible, its development and characteristics, as well as its significance, not only in regard to urban planning, but also in the construction and consolidation of local democracy. The analysis focuses on the neighbourhood associations as one particular type of local organization that played a fundamental role in community based action in Spain. The chapter explores the particular case of Barcelona, a city where the neighbourhood movement has had great presence and impact. Since their inception, neighbourhood associations have defended an inseparable double objective: improving the city and its neighbourhoods and building democracy at the local level. They clearly shaped the criteria for citizen participation and civic recognition, especially in large cities, playing a key role in building an active citizen base.

Keywords:   neighbourhood associations, local democracy, citizen participation, Barcelona’s model, urban planning

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