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 1946-0171

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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.

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Critical Policy Studies
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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/ .
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