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Discourses of democracy in neighbourhood governance.

Farrelly, Michael and Sullivan, Helen (2010) Discourses of democracy in neighbourhood governance. Critical Policy Studies, 4 (3). pp. 235-250. ISSN 1946-018X

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Abstract

This article is concerned with neighbourhood governance reflecting a policy agenda which identifies the ‘neighbourhood’ as a significant space for democratic renewal. But how is democracy understood and practiced? Many neighbourhood policy programmes are sponsored by central or local government and public managers have an important role in translating policy into local practice. Using a Critical Discourse Analytic framework we examine actual examples of public managers’ descriptions of their governance arrangements to elaborate their understandings and interpretations of democracy. Examples are taken from interviews in neighbourhood renewal schemes in Birmingham and Copenhagen. Analysis suggests that in the cases examined here the democratic devices associated with different ideal-types of neighbourhood governance presented both actual and potential dilemmas for public managers or became lost amongst other more immediate concerns for each project. This suggests that the democratic element of neighbourhood governance may need even more clear conceptual work and more forceful advocacy.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Critical Policy Studies
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Critical Policy Studies. Farrelly, M. and H. Sullivan (2010) 'Discourses of democracy in neighbourhood governance' Critical Policy Studies 4(3) 235-250. Critical Policy Studies is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/ .
Uncontrolled Keywords: discourse ; urban renewal ; democracy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 34042
Deposited By: Dr Michael Farrelly
Deposited On: 24 Aug 2010 14:47
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:32
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/34042

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