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Cities, Economic Competition and Urban Policy

Cities, Economic Competition and Urban Policy

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April 1998 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book is a comprehensive and authoritative account of the major realignment that has taken place in English regeneration policy and practice since 1991. It analyzes the changes which have led to an emphasis in policy on competitiveness, integrated approaches to economic decline and social exclusion, and the shift away from formula-driven funding mechanisms towards controversial competitive bidding. It also examines changes in governance practices, the spread of multisector partnerships, the `new localism' and the emergence of a contract culture.

The book concludes with a summary of contemporary policy themes and an assessment of the Labour Government's policy proposals.

Nick Oatley
Cities, Economic Competition and Urban Policy
Nick Oatley
Transitions in Urban Policy
Explaining the Emergence of the `Challenge Fund' Model

Ron Griffiths
Making Sameness
Place Marketing and the New Urban Entrepreneurialism

Robin Hambleton
Competition and Contracting in UK Local Government
Murray Stewart
Partnership, Leadership and Competition in Urban Policy
Christine Lambert and Peter Malpass
The Rules of the Game
Competition for Housing Investment

Nick Oatley and Christine Lambert
Catalyst for Change
The City Challenge

Jo Little, John Clements and Owain Jones
Rural Challenge and the Changing Culture of Rural Regeneration Policy
Nick Oatley
Restructuring Urban Policy
The Single Regeneration Budget and the Challenge Fund

Gwyndaf Williams
City Vision and Strategic Regeneration
The Role of City Pride

Ron Griffiths
The National Lottery and Competitive Cities
Nick Oatley
Contemporary Urban Policy
Summary of Themes and Prospects


`This book is a valuable addition to the growing literature on contemporary urban policy. It is particularly timely in that there are very few academic assessments of the myriad of post-Thatcher policy initiatives, especially since government-commissioned evaluations of City Challenge and the SRB Challenge Fund are still awaited' - Town Planning Review

`a well-structured and comprehensive evaluation of the recent urban (and rural ) policy, which will be extremely useful for undergraduates with an interest in these areas' - International Planning Studies

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ISBN: 9781853963254