British urban policies and community participation


New Directions in British urban policies and community  participation in a context of austerity

Mercredi 4 Janvier 2012 14h00-18h00Sciences Po Salle H401 28, rue des Saints-Pères (Paris 7°)


The seminar aims at presenting the new context of urban policies  in England since the arrival of a coalition government led by David  Cameron in 2010. This government has put in the core of its  priorities the reduction of public deficits (within an austerity  budget), welfare reforms, planning reforms (suppression of the  Regional Development Agencies). Its flagship policy slogan is to  create a climate that empowers local people and communities,  building a big society that will “take power away from politicians  and give it to people”. From a planning and urban policy point of view the shift with  former labour governments is eloquent. Clearly inherited from  conservative ideologies implemented in the 80s and 90s the Big  Society principles question the role of the State and the Civil  Society. It also reinforces the role of central government and  obviously raises questions of the nature of such centralised  governance practices. The seminar will decrypt these evolutions repositioning them in the  context of the last 40 years (Stephen Hall). Changing relationships  between State and Civil Society in England will then be explored  (Irène Mboumoua). Finally attention will be given to the forms of  resilience developed by local communities or small companies in a  context of austerity (Lauren Andres).



Stephen Hall

University of the West of England, Department of  planning and architecture "Whatever happened to urban  regeneration in England?"  

Irene Mboumoua

Paris-Est University, Department of Urban  Engineering "Evolution of the relationships between State and civil society in  England"  

Lauren Andres

University of Birmingham, School of Geography, Earth  and Environmental Sciences, Centre for urban and regional studies "The role of ‘persistent resilience’ in a context of austerity:  the importance of networks and impact-minimizing coping tactics"        Discussion

Renaud Epstein

University of Nantes    

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