Vision and reality: community involvement in Irish urban regeneration

Jenny Muir, Mary Lee Rhodes

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This article examines the processes and outcomes of community involvement in six Irish urban regeneration case studies, three in Dublin and three in Belfast. The findings are part of a wider study using a Complex Adaptive Systems perspective to analyse public sector decision making. Key points included: (1) the community ‘vision’ of the regeneration as an emergent property, which converged towards the vision held by the implementing agencies in the four most successful programmes; and (2) the identification of three features that contribute to non-linear (unpredictable) behaviour: a history of community involvement; the availability of resources; and the intervention of key individuals at crisis points.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-520
Number of pages24
JournalPolicy & Politics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration


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