Regeneration redux? What (if anything) can we learn from New Labour?

LUPTON, Ruth and CRISP, Richard (2018). Regeneration redux? What (if anything) can we learn from New Labour? In: NEEDHAM, Catherine, HEINS, Elke and REES, James, (eds.) Analysis and debate in social policy. Social Policy Review, 1 (30). Bristol, Policy Press, 209-228.

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The European Union referendum result in England focused increasing political attention on 'left behind' places sidelined in the ‘post-regeneration’ (Matthews and O'Brien, 2015) era of 2010 onwards. This shift creates space for thinking anew about reviving and reconfiguring regeneration policies to address enduring forms of place-based disadvantage. To this end, this chapter takes a close look at the 'New' Labour approach to urban regeneration from 1997 to 2010 and what can be learned from it. It offers a new conceptual analysis of how the New Labour years were characterised by a tension between 'ameliorative' and 'transformative' policy logics; with valuable ameliorative outcomes around improving neighbourhood conditions eventually reassessed as failure through the lens of transformative objectives around wholesale economic regeneration. We conclude these tensions and contestations need to be acknowledged and resolved in less binary and divisive ways than in recent policy history within any new round of regeneration policy.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Neighbourhoods, regeneration, spatial inequalities, New Labour, urban policy
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Department of Natural and Build Environment
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Page Range: 209-228
Depositing User: Richard Crisp
Date Deposited: 09 May 2018 09:02
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 07:06

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