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After Urban RegenerationCommunities, policy and place$
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Peter Matthews

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447324157

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447324157.001.0001

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Microsolutions for megaproblems: what works in urban regeneration policy?

Microsolutions for megaproblems: what works in urban regeneration policy?

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(p.61) Five Microsolutions for megaproblems: what works in urban regeneration policy?
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After Urban Regeneration
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Max Nathan

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447324157.003.0005

This chapter sets Connected Communities in the context of current thinking on local economic development in the 'post-regeneration' era. I briefly survey post-1997 state-led regeneration in the UK, tracing the shift in England from holistic neighbourhood-level social inclusion initiatives to economically-focused local growth programmes. Next, I highlight the various 'shocks' that have hit these regeneration models since 2007, and discuss where this leaves neighbourhood-level activity in particular. The theories of change invoked for such programmes suggest that their economic impacts will be small, but that interventions also have an important non-economic rationale. Getting a sense of ‘what works’ in urban regeneration is challenging, however, given the multifaceted nature of the programmes and underlying system complexity. The UK’s emerging experimentalist paradigm could generate a more convincing evidence base for neighbourhood-level urban regeneration, but there are real constraints to what localism and the 'what works' agenda can do, particularly under austerity.

Keywords:   cities, urban regeneration, local economic development, what works, neighbourhoods

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