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Angus McCabe and Jenny Phillimore

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447327776

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447327776.001.0001

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Community as policy: reflections on community engagement, empowerment and social action in a changing policy context

Community as policy: reflections on community engagement, empowerment and social action in a changing policy context

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(p.71) Four Community as policy: reflections on community engagement, empowerment and social action in a changing policy context
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Community Groups in Context
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Angus McCabe
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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447327776.003.0005

This chapter explores the debates about 'below the radar' (BTR) community groups and their assumed role in delivering a range of policy agendas from democratic renewal through to community cohesion and public service delivery. It argues that the motivators for community action are, and have been, ill understood in policy circles. Further, there is and has been little systematic analysis of the power relationship between the state (both locally and nationally) communities and neighbourhoods which can inform meaningful debate on devolution and localism. The chapter critically examines the implications of changing policy environments for small community groups and asks can such activity, which has often been independent of, and operated outside the state, be co-opted to deliver particular government policy objectives?

Keywords:   community engagement, community action, democracy, cohesion, public policy, empowerment

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