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Urban governance under neoliberalism: New Labour and the restructuring of state-space

Fuller, Crispian and Geddes, Mike 2008. Urban governance under neoliberalism: New Labour and the restructuring of state-space. Antipode 40 (2) , pp. 252-282. 10.1111/j.1467-8330.2008.00591.x

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Abstract

In the UK there has been a proliferation of agencies at differing regulatory scales as part of the rescaling and restructuring of the state by New Labour, following the neoliberal policies of previous Conservative governments. This raises questions concerning the extent to which New Labour's urban state restructuring is embedded within neoliberalism, and the local tensions and contradictions arising from emergent New Labour urban state restructuring. This paper examines these questions through the analysis of key policy features of New Labour, and the in-depth exploration of two programmes that are reshaping urban governance arrangements, namely Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs) and New Deal for Communities (NDC) programmes. We conclude that New Labour's restructuring is best understood in terms of the extended reproduction (roll-out) of neoliberalism. While these “new institutional fixes” are only weakly established and exhibit internal contradictions and tensions, these have not led to a broader contestation of neoliberalism.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Uncontrolled Keywords: neoliberalism; New Labour; urban governance
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0066-4812
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:02
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/72077

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