Place, policy and politics : do localities matter?

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Place, policy and politics : do localities matter?

edited by Michael Harloe, C.G. Pickvance, John Urry

Unwin Hyman, 1990

  • : pbk

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Includes bibliographical references and index

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ISBN 9780044455059

内容説明

The key aspect of the changing fortunes of British towns explored in this book is the ability of individual localities to exercise any control over their growth and decline. Arising out the the Changing Urban and Regional System in the UK research program, this book examines local political initiatives seeking to influence economic and social development. The books states that the 1980s have seen local government in the UK facing two challenges: to survive in the face of Thatcher government hostility and to adapt to the powerful forces of economic restructuring. This book examines what has happened in a range of seven selected localities, identifies the conditions that make for successful policy interventions, and explores the future role of local government. The book is intended for students and lecturers of urban and regional studies, sociology and urban geography. The key aspect of the changing fortunes of British towns explored in this important book is the ability of individual localities to exercise any control over their growth and decline. "Place Policy and Politics" arises out of the "Changing Urban and Regional System in the UK" research programme, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The book examines local political initiatives seeking to influence economic and social development in seven contrasting localities, ranging from the economically devastated outer council estates of Merseyside to the boom towns of Cheltenham and Swindon. The book asks the following questions: To what extent are localities able to harness trends in the national and international economy to provide jobs and a better standard of living for their inhabitants? Why do local authorities vary in their capacity to initiate economic policy? To what extent do national urban and other policies inhibit or encourage their efforts? How might central government modify its policies to facilitate the prospering of localities? These are now key questions in debates among policy makers and among students of urban social theory. Intended for all who take a serious interest in the nature of contemporary British society, this book should have special appeal to geographers, economists, sociologists, political scientists and urban planners. The authors, drawn from a wide range of social science disciplines, include many who have been at the forefront of urban social research.

目次

  • The institutional context of local economic development - central controls, spatial policies and local economic policies, C.G.Pickvance
  • Swindon - the rise and decline of a growth coalition, Keith Bassett and Michael Harloe
  • trying to revive an infant Hercules - the rise and fall of local authority modernization policies on Teeside, Ray Hudson
  • Merseyside in crisis and in conflict, Richard Meegan
  • coping with restructuring - the case of South-West Birmingham, Dennis Smith
  • Regency icons- marketing Cheltenham's built environment, Harry Cowen
  • Lancaster - small firms, tourism and the "locality", John Urry
  • council economic intervention and political conflict in a declining resort - Isle of Thanet, C.G.Pickvance
  • conclusion - places and policies, John Urry.
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: pbk ISBN 9780044455066

内容説明

The past ten years have seen local government in the UK facing two major challenges: to survive in the face of Thatcher government hostility, and to adapt to enormously powerful forces of economic restructuring which have also been encouraged by government policies. The key aspects of these changing fortunes of British towns explored in this important new book is the ability of individual localities to exercise any control over their own growth and decline. Place, Policy and Politics examines local political initiatives seeking to influence economic and social development in seven sharply contrasting localities, ranging from the outer council estates of Merseyside to the boom towns of Cheltenham and Swindon. Throughout their analysis, the contributors, drawn from a wide range of social science disciplines, address the vital questions in the debate over local policy initiatives, including: * To what extent are localities able to harness trends in the national and international economy to provide jobs and a better standard of living for their inhabitants? * Why do local authorities vary in their capacity to initiate economic policy? * To what extent do national urban and other policies inhibit or encourage their efforts? * How might central government modify its policies to facilitate the prospering of localities?

目次

Preface. Introduction: The Institutional Context of Local Economic Development: Central Controls, Spatial Policies and Local Economic Policies, C.G. Pickvance Swindon: The Rise and Decline of a Growth Coalition, Keith Bassett & Michael Harloe Trying to Revive an Infant Hercules: The Rise and Fall of Local Authority Modernization Policies on Teeside, Ray Hudson Merseyside in Crisis and in Conflict, Richard Meegan Coping with Restructuring: The Case of South-West Birmingham, Dennis Smith Regency Icons: Marketing Cheltenham's Built Environment, Harry Cowen Lancaster: Small Firms, Tourism and the "Locality", John Urry Council Economic intervention and Political Conflict in a Declining Resort: Isle of Thanet, C.G. Pickvance Conclusion: Places and Policies, John Urry

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