P. Skidmore, K. Bound and H. Lownsbrough
York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2006
This report explores whether policies to involve people in making decisions about their own communities are effective in building strong social networks. It questions the wisdom of such policies and suggests that community dynamics and relationships can in fact make good governance hard to achieve. Through detailed case studies in two areas, and a review of other research, the authors investigate key factors influencing participation in governance. They argue that community participation tends to be dominated by a small group of people and suggest ways in which formal participation arrangements could more effectively engage with informal social networks.
J. Flint and I. Cole
Roof, Nov./Dec. 2006, p.25-28
Reports research on how people affected by housing renewal and regeneration programmes can be supported through the process of demolition and relocation. The research showed that:
N. Amas and B. Crosland
London: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 2006
The book examines 21 projects from across the UK that aim to mediate tension and build bridges between local host communities and asylum seekers and refugees. The projects included are drawn from both the statutory and non-statutory sector and include small-scale grassroots initiatives in urban settings. The main purpose of the book is to generate new thinking about practical initiatives that might contribute positively to local integration, community and personal development, increasing understanding and improving public services. The handbook provides ideas, guidance, and contacts for practitioners to assist them in their work and to make lessons learnt in one neighbourhood available to others.