The Governance of Urban Regeneration: A Critique of the 'Governing without Government' Thesis
This paper offers a critique of the concept of governance as networks. Using the complementary concept of regime governance, it argues that networks are not the primary mode of governance in the politics of urban regeneration in the UK. Drawing on primary and secondary material, it is argued that Central Government is becoming more influential in the local policy arena. In the ‘mix’ of market, hierarchy and network, hierarchy is more pervasive than network. It is therefore argued that partnerships should be treated as a distinct mode of governance. These conclusions demonstrate that despite the fashion for copying urban policies from the USA, local politics in the UK remain very different. Ironically, the transfer of policies developed in the USA has tended to entrench divergent practices and outcomes. The UK does not, therefore, appear to be moving toward the US model of regime politics. It is concluded that the partnership and network/regime models of governance should be subjected to rigorous comparative studies.
Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1813749The file attached to this record contains the authors final peer reviewed version of the article. The final publisher version can be found by following the doi link.
Citation : Davies, J. S. (2002) The Governance of Urban Regeneration: A Critique of the 'Governing without Government' Thesis. Public Administration, 80 (1), pp. 301-322.
Research Group : Local Governance Research Unit
Peer Reviewed : Yes
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