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Funding, Power and Community Development

Niamh McCrea and Fergal Finnegan


This book critically explores the funding arrangements governing contemporary community development and how they shape its theory and practice. The chapters consider the evolution of funding in community development, and how changes in policy and practice can be understood in relation to the politics of neoliberalism and contemporary efforts to build global democracy from the ‘bottom up’. Thematically, the book explores matters such as popular democracy, the shifting contours of the state–market relationship, prospects for democratising the state, the feasibility of community autonomy, the eff ... More

Keywords: community development, funding, neoliberalism, global democracy, popular democracy, managerialism, social finance

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781447336150
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447336150.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Niamh McCrea, editor
Institute of Technology Carlow

Fergal Finnegan, editor
Maynooth University

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Part 1 New configurations of power and governance

Part 2 Questions of state and grassroots democracy

Part 3 Modes of agency and horizons of possibility

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