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This updated edition of British Urban Policy and the Urban Development Corporations provides a comprehensive account of the policies, programmes, and effects of one of the most controversial urban policy programmes ever brought to bear upon British cities. The authors place the policies and practices of the urban development corporations (UDCs) in the wider sociopolitical context of evolving urban policy; present case studies of eight UDCs; and explore the legacies of the UDCs and the evolving framework for urban policy into the millennium.

Assessing Urban Policy and the Urban Development Corporations
Assessing urban policy and the urban development corporations
RobImrie
HuwThomas
Introduction

In August 1992, John Redwood, the Local Government minister, confirmed the continuing importance of one of the more controversial urban policy instruments of the last decade, the Urban Development Corporations (UDCs), in commenting that ‘we're committed to backing the UDCs’ (Redwood, 1992). In proclaiming his faith in the UDCs, Redwood was endorsing over ten years of Conservative government urban policy, comprising a range of programmes which the Audit Commission (1989, p. 4) concluded were ‘a patchwork quilt of complexity and idiosyncrasy with few resources to match the scale of the attendant problems’. Indeed, since the early 1980s, government policy towards the protracted problems of the inner cities brought forward many initiatives, ...

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