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Changing local governance, changing citizens$
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Catherine Durose, Stephen Greasley, and Liz Richardson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422170

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422170.001.0001

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‘Neighbourhood’: a site for policy action, governance … and empowerment?

‘Neighbourhood’: a site for policy action, governance … and empowerment?

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Changing local governance, changing citizens
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Catherine Durose

Liz Richardson

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847422170.003.0003

This chapter looks at the different definitions of neighbourhood, and discusses the underlying aims of neighbourhood working and what these imply for citizens. It describes a typology of the different aims of neighbourhood-based working and applies this to an exploration of how neighbourhoods' agenda has evolved, and how well the needs of citizens and local government are being met by current neighbourhood working practices. The chapter shows complexity in creating a balance of scale for neighbourhood working that suits both local government and citizens. It illustrates the difficulties of achieving change in organisations, in political leadership, and in citizens themselves. There are some system failures, such as in welcoming citizens when they do get engaged; in offering opportunities which deliver citizens with genuine spaces to play new roles; in being fully responsive to citizen feedback; and in offering engagement opportunities that match citizen preferences.

Keywords:   neighbourhood, citizens, local government, organization, political leadership, governance, empowerment

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