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Fractured Cities : Capitalism, Community and Empowerment in Britain and America - Brian D. Jacobs

Fractured Cities

Capitalism, Community and Empowerment in Britain and America

Paperback Published: 4th June 1992
ISBN: 9780415078535
Number Of Pages: 320

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In both the United States and Britain, cities are undergoing changes which have intensified the divisions between regions, social classes and racial groups. These cities urgently need to develop new social, economic and political structures to meet both contemporary and future challenges. Concerned with urban change and the workings of the capitalist market, this book describes how public choice and regulation theory addressed the market, particularly during the Reagan and Thatcher years. The theoretical and practical policy issues created by the "conservative revolutions" have dramatically altered the political economy of the urban environment. The book links the economic workings of the market to the changes taking place in the urban context. It looks at the two-sided nature of urban change in relation to wide social, political and economic developments. The expansive aspects of the market economy and its tendency to move into recession have important social and political implications: * the polarisation of urban societies * the degree to which community groups are denied access to political power * the community-specific benefits of economic growth Fractured Cities assesses the implications of social disorder and injustice and the attempts from both the public and private sectors to offset economic decline and social conflict. The book concludes with an assessment of emerging structures and approaches designed to extend local participation. These are viewed within the context of environmental problems, the concept of "limits to growth" and the possibilities of different urban identities.

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Introduction: Urban Crisis and Changep. 1
Perspectivesp. 18
The Role of the Statep. 37
Urban America: High Technology and Povertyp. 50
Urban Britain: Enterprise and the Underclassp. 82
Local Government and Urban Policy in the United Statesp. 108
Local Government and Urban Policy in Britainp. 130
Incorporating Community Politicsp. 151
Minorities: 'Empowerment' and Dissentp. 170
Corporate Visionsp. 194
Initiatives Beyond Charityp. 216
Whither the Cities?p. 247
Referencesp. 264
Indexp. 283
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ISBN: 9780415078535
ISBN-10: 0415078539
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 4th June 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1