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Welfare Reform on the Web (June 2004): Community Regeneration and Develeopment - UK

PARTICIPATION OR PATHOLOGY: CONTRADICTORY TENSIONS IN AREA-BASED POLICY

P. Alcock

Social Policy and Society, Vol. 3, 2004, p.87-96

Area-based initiatives is the term used to describe the plethora of new projects introduced by the government in England to provide extra resources to tackle poverty and social exclusion in particular districts. Resident participation is a key feature of these programmes. Behind this emphasis on resident involvement and empowerment lies the assumption that local citizens should be the agents of area regeneration because it is they who are the authors of their current misfortunes. This approach ignores broader economic problems and shortcomings in public services which cannot be addressed by local people.

PROTEST OR PARTNERSHIP? THE VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY SECTORS IN THE POLICY PROCESS

G. Craig, M. Taylor and T. Parkes

Social Policy and Administration, Vol. 38, 2004, p.221-239

The New Labour governments of 1997 and 2001 have proved more open to influence from voluntary and community sector organisations than there immediate predecessors. The article discusses the strategies pursued by such organisations in their relations with government. There are concerns that engagement in policy debate may be seen as incorporation into the state. The article explores how some organisations seek involvement in the formal political process as key change agents while at the same time exerting pressure through vociferous campaigning where necessary.

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