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Welfare Reform on the Web (January 2009): Community regeneration and development - UK

Towards a holistic approach to regeneration: the importance of operational dimensions

R. Breese

Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, vol. 2, 2008, p. 173-187

Since urban regeneration became an explicit goal of government policy, there have been debates about the merits of an area-based approach, and the alternatives to an area focus, such as targeting of specific client groups. There has been recognition to a degree of the multidimensional nature of regeneration activities, but the approach to programme delivery has often been one-dimensional. This paper explains how experience of managing regeneration programmes in Barnsley in the 1990s led to the development of a framework for describing the different dimensions inherent in this work.

Winning the battles but losing the war? Regeneration, renewal and the state of Britain's cities

M. Cooper and F. Shaheen

Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, vol. 2, 2008, p. 146-151

This paper explores the issues of how Britain's cities should respond to the challenge of ongoing structural change in their economies, how initiatives should be shaped to bridge the divide between North and South-East, and how government should respond to the economic downturn and a lighter public purse. In an attempt to shed light on these problems, it advances the suggestion that regeneration programmes have often foundered on three fundamental obstacles:

  1. An a priori assumption that the basic geography of Britain's cities will and should remain intact
  2. Mistaken interpretations of so-called 'market failures'
  3. Confused thinking about the split between supply-side and demand-side policy solutions.
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