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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.

Just Another Failed Urban Experiment? The legacy of the Urban Development Corporations
Just another failed urban experiment? The legacy of the urban development corporations

The short history of British urban policy is strewn with the wreckage of a series of experiments and initiatives. Just a brief list should be more than enough to give a flavour of this: from Community Development Projects, Inner Area Studies and Comprehensive Community Programmes to Enterprise Zones, Task Forces, Urban Development Corporations and City Challenge; from Urban Programme and Inner City Partnerships to the Single Regeneration Budget and URBAN. And that is without taking into account initiatives in the fields of housing and education. Each new policy fad and ideological twist of government policy seems to be given an urban dimension. ...

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