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Hope Under Neoliberal Austerity: Responses from Civil Society and Civic Universities

Mel Steer, Simin Davoudi, Mark Shucksmith, and Liz Todd


This edited book collection explores the role of the public sector, civil society and the civic university during austerity and neoliberalism and the challenges facing communities today. Using the North East of England as a lens and drawing on practical examples of case studies of action, it considers responsibilisation, a diminished public sector, the rise of civil society and the civic university. At the heart of the book is the key question of whether the decline of the state and the rise of civil society is to be celebrated or despaired. Chapters on case studies of action cover key aspects ... More

Keywords: austerity, case studies, civic university, civil society, co-production, Covid-19, neoliberalism, public sector, social justice, social renewal

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781447356820
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447356820.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mel Steer, editor
Northumbria University

Simin Davoudi, editor
Newcastle University

Mark Shucksmith, editor
Newcastle University

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1 Islands of hope in a sea of despair: civil society in an age of austerity

Simin Davoudi, Mel Steer, Mark Shucksmith and Liz Todd

Part I The public sector and civil society

3 The public sector and civil society: introduction

Mel Steer, Simin Davoudi, Liz Todd and Mark Shucksmith

4 Innovation outside the state: the Glendale Gateway Trust

Patsy Healey, Tom Johnston and Frank Mansfield

7 ‘Computer Says No’: exploring social justice in digital services

Clara Crivellaro, Lizzie Coles-Kemp and Karen Wood

Part II The civic university

11 The civic university: introduction

Liz Todd, Simin Davoudi, Mark Shucksmith and Mel Steer

14 Future Homes: developing new responses through new organisations

Rose Gilroy, Dominic Aitken and Philip Miller

16 The containment of democratic innovation: reflections from two university collaborations

David Webb, Daniel Mallo, Armelle Tardiveau, Caroline Emmerson, Mark Pardoe and Marion Talbot

19 Conclusion: hope in an age of austerity and a time of anxiety

Mark Shucksmith, Simin Davoudi, Liz Todd and Mel Steer

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