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Urban renaissance?: New Labour, community and urban policy

Rob Imrie and Mike Raco


This book documents and assesses the core of New Labour's approach to the revitalisation of cities; that is, the revival of citizenship, democratic renewal, and the participation of communities to spearhead urban change. In doing so, it explores the meaning, and relevance, of ‘community’ as a focus for urban renaissance. The book interrogates the conceptual and ideological content of New Labour's conceptions of community and, through the use of case studies, evaluates how far, and with what effects, such conceptions are shaping contemporary urban policy and practice.

Keywords: New Labour, revitalisation, cities, revival of citizenship, democratic renewal, urban change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9781861343802
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861343802.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rob Imrie, editor

Mike Raco, editor

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Part One New Labour and the turn to community regeneration

Part Two Community involvement in urban policy

Part Three The future of community in urban policy

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