Community Regeneration: An Elite or a ‘Real’ Community Space?

Ruth McAreavey

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Identifying community interests in the processes of planning and regeneration is less than straightforward. By their very nature programmes encourage the development of particular projects, typically relying on experience from past initiatives to inform current practice. One of the difficulties for partners is juggling the need to comply with administrative demands while engaging in a meaningful way with their community. This article uses empirical evidence to examine power relations within structures of governance. It argues that current processes are unable to identify real community interests and consequently create space that favour elite interests, all of which restrain the impact of governance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-327
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Planning Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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