Jobs and enterprise are critical to creating viable neighbourhoods. Yet much recent policy activity aimed at the regeneration of deprived neighbourhoods has had only a marginal impact on the economic challenges presented by areas of concentrated disadvantage.
This book directly addresses the economic development issues central to neighbourhood renewal, drawing on the authors' original research and wide-ranging analysis of recent academic theory and policy practice. Their critical examination of the economic problems of deprived areas, and the range of employment and enterprise-related policy initiatives and governance arrangements that have attempted to address them, offers informed insights into what does and what does not work.
Through its topical focus on issues of work and enterprise in deprived neighbourhoods, "Renewing neighbourhoods" goes to the heart of much current policy practice that seeks to combine concerns of economic competitiveness with those of social exclusion. It will be essential reading for academics, practitioners and policy makers working in the fields of urban regeneration, neighbourhood renewal and local and regional economic development. It will also be a key text for students of urban studies, planning, social policy, human geography and related disciplines.
"This book serves very well as a careful evaluation and critique of the
economic aspects of neighbourhood policy... It distinguishes
itself in a crowded market place of regeneration texts by its clear economic focus.
This an excellent resource for scholars and practitioners who remain interested in the
prospects for more equal spatial outcomes. I definitely recommend it as a core source
for advanced courses in urban studies, regeneration and local economic development." Keith Kintrea, International Journal of Housing Policy
"A timely analysis of the government's new emphasis on economic development to regenerate poor neighbourhoods, combining a valuable review and critique of the latest ideas and evidence with constructive proposals for the future." Ivan Turok, Department of Urban Studies, University of Glasgow
Stephen Syrett is Professor of Local Economic Development at the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR) at Middlesex University. He has researched and published widely on issues of urban regeneration and local economic development policy in the UK and Europe.
David North is Professor of Regional Development and Head of the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR) at Middlesex University. He has extensive research experience related to small business, labour market and regional development policy.
In search of economic revival; In what sense a neighbourhood problem?; Work and worklessness; Enterprise and entrepreneurship; Institutions and governance: integrating and coordinating policy; Deprived neighbourhoods: future prospects for economic intervention.