Community resilience: a policy tool for local government?

PLATTS-FOWLER, Deborah and ROBINSON, David (2016). Community resilience: a policy tool for local government? Local Government Studies, 42 (5), 762-784.

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In many countries, local government has been a prime target of austerity measures. In response, local authorities are exploring a new repertoire of policy approaches in a bid to provide more with less. In England, local authorities have been drawn to community resilience as a pragmatic response to the challenge of deploying shrinking resources to support communities exposed to social and economic disruption. This application of resilience thinking is not without its challenges. It demands a working definition of community resilience that recognises the potential for communities to prove resilient to shocks and disruptions, but avoids blaming them for their predicament. There is also the practical challenge of developing and targeting interventions to promote and protect resilience. This paper sets out to explore these issues and establish the potential utility of community resilience as a policy tool through case study analysis in the city of Sheffield.

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Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Law Research Group
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Page Range: 762-784
Depositing User: Deborah Platts-Fowler
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2016 11:24
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 00:25

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