Resident participation in housing regeneration in France

HALL, Stephen and HICKMAN, Paul (2011). Resident participation in housing regeneration in France. Housing Studies, 26 (6), 827-843.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2011.593127
Link to published version:: 10.1080/02673037.2011.593127

Abstract

The involvement of local residents in housing regeneration policy and practice has become a `new orthodoxy' across Western Europe. This paper considers the experience of France, a country noted for its history of `third sector' activism and innovative practice in, for example, neighbourhood management. It is argued here that—notwithstanding three decades of central government rhetoric and exhortation—there remain few examples of genuine involvement of residents in formal regeneration decision-making processes at a local level in France (especially in respect of strategic issues). There exists a `participation deficit'. This paper explores this phenomenon empirically through case studies of housing regeneration in Lyon, Marseille and Mantes la Jolie. It also seeks to explain the `participation deficit', drawing a distinction between those factors that are pan-European and those that are particularly French, not least the apparent resilience of representative democracy.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Identification Number: 10.1080/02673037.2011.593127
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2012 11:29
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2012 11:29
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4595

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