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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.

Rescripting Urban Regeneration, the Mancunian Way
Rescripting urban regeneration, the mancunian way

When Central Manchester Development Corporation (CMDC) closed its doors in March 1996 it did so proclaiming ‘eight years of achievement’ (CMDC, 1996). The hyperbole was not entirely misplaced, for in the period since CMDC's establishment in 1988 the southern edge of Manchester's city centre has been thoroughly transformed in physical, economic and cultural terms. But just as CMDC left its mark on the material landscape of Manchester, it also played a part in an equally far-reaching transformation of the city's political landscape. CMDC contributed to the normalisation of an entrepreneurial mode of urban governance in Manchester, specifically playing a central role in the City Council's embrace of more pragmatic and probusiness styles of working. ...

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