International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol.24, No. 6, 2004, p.30-43
Attempts to nurture community self-help in deprived neighbourhoods in the UK focus on fostering the development of voluntary groups. The article argues that this approach needs to be complemented by fostering informal forms of community self-help, i.e. acts of one-to-one reciprocity. It concludes by outlining some possible policy initiatives that might be used to implement this approach.
Local Economy, Vol.19, 2004, p.264-275
The paper seeks to contribute to the debate on community involvement in the construction and delivery of urban policy, in Scotland in particular, through a study of the emergence of the Greater Pollok Social Inclusion Partnership. It argues that the process of community consultation and participation during the early stages of the Partnership was woefully inadequate. At best it was tokenistic and at worst local people were being "exploited" to legitimise the policy process. Community involvement under New Labour is little different from under Conservative government urban initiatives.
Public Finance, June 25th-July 1st 2004, p.30-31
Much of the good work being planned to regenerate communities is being hampered by the overlapping array of central government area-based initiatives and local council plans. The Audit Commission is advocating a streamlining of the national-local delivery chain. The streamlining might be achieved through the development of two specific area-based agreements that set out what local services are going to deliver and what extra benefit is going to be derived from the special initiatives running in an area.