"Disadvantaged by where you live?" distils lessons from work on neighbourhoods carried out within the Cities Research Centre of the University of the West of England over the past seven years. It offers a major contribution to academic debates on the neighbourhood both as a sphere of governance and as a point of public service delivery under New Labour since 1997.
The book explores how 'the neighbourhood' has been used in policy in the UK; what the 'appropriate contribution' of neighbourhood governance is and how this relates to concepts of multi-level governance; the tensions that are visible at the neighbourhood level and what this tells us about wider governance issues.
The book explores and reflects on the notion of neighbourhood governance from a variety of perspectives that reflect the unique depth and breadth of the Centre's research programme. Neighbourhood governance is examined in relation to: multi-level governance and city-regions; local government; mainstreaming; cross-national differences in neighbourhood policy; community and civil society; diversity; different conceptions of democracy; and, evaluation and learning. In doing so, the book identifies useful conceptual tools for analysing the present and future contribution of policy to neighbourhoods.
Ian Smith, Senior Research Fellow, has worked within the Cities Research Centre, University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol since 1998. He has worked on a range of evaluation research projects dealing with neighbourhood renewal issues including the National Evaluation for the New Deal for Communities. Eileen Lepine, Research Fellow, joined the Cities Research Centre, UWE in 2002; previously she had worked in the public sector in diverse roles which included neighbourhood community development and neighbourhood management. Marilyn Taylor is Professor of Urban Governance and Regeneration within the Cities Research Centre, UWE. She has written widely for policy and practice audiences on community development, community involvement in partnerships and neighbourhood renewal and is a member of the team carrying out the national evaluation of the Neighbourhood Management Pathfinders.
Introduction; of neighbourhoods and governance ~ Eileen Lepine, Ian Smith and Marilyn Taylor; Theories of 'neighbourhood' in urban policy ~ Helen Sullivan and Marylyn Taylor; Neighbourhood as a new focus for action in the urban policies of West European states ~ Rob Atkinson and Laurence Carmichael; Under construction - the city-region and the neighbourhood: new actors in a system of multi-level governance? ~ Rob Atkinson; More local than local government: the relationship between local government and the neighbourhood agenda ~ Eileen Lepine and Helen Sullivan; Neighbourhoods, democracy and citizenship ~ Joanna Howard and David Sweeting; Community leadership cycles and neighbourhood governance ~ Derrick Purdue; Neighbourhood governance and diversity: the diverse neighbourhood ~ Yasminah Beebeejaun and Lucy Grimshaw; Mainstreaming and neighbourhood governance: the importance of process, power and partnership ~ Ian Smith, Joanna Howard and Laura Evans; Evaluation, knowledge and learning in neighbourhood governance: the case of the New Deal for Communities ~ Lucy Grimshaw and Ian Smith; The future of neighbourhoods in urban policy ~ Eileen Lepine, Ian Smith and Marilyn Taylor.