Regenerating Deprived Urban Areas

A Cross-National Analysis of Area-based Initiatives

Rene Peter Hohmann

Regenerating Deprived Urban Areas

Rene Peter Hohmann

Distributed for Bristol University Press

241 pages | 11 figures, 10 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2013
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781447310785 Published October 2013 For sale in North and South America only
In response to the challenges posed by urban decline, local policy activism has increased in countries across Europe. René Peter Hohmann argues here that we should view these area-based community initiatives, such as England’s New Deal for Communities and Germany’s Social City Program, as incubators for new forms of urban governance that seek to foster the active participation of residents and nonprofit groups. Based on his comparative analysis of initiatives in Bristol, England, and Duisburg, Germany, Hohmann’s study provides a richly informed assessment of local policy activism and its impact on neighborhood organizations and developers.  

Lists of figures, tables, boxes and appendices

List of abbreviations


1. Introduction

2. New Localism(s) in Europe: restructuring local state spaces and public-service delivery in England and Germany

3. National urban policies for deprived urban areas: the birth of Area-Based Initiatives

4. Exploring the impacts of Area-Based Initiatives through a neo-institutionalist perspective

5. Lost in transformation: urban governance practices and the New Deal for Communities in Bristol

6. Local-government experiments to cope with structural change: the Social City Programme in Duisburg

7. The crystallization of New Localism(s) in Bristol and Duisburg: a cross-case comparison

8. The neo-institutional study of New Localism(s) as an analytical window for comparative urbanism: concluding reflections




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Journal of Housing and the Built Environment
“A well-structured and well-documented book, which analyses urban policies and local institutional framework in great detail and depth.”
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