“A thorough update of what was already an excellently written, accessible and well-used book. Coverage of the key issues to impact on regeneration in the UK since the 2008 financial crisis is comprehensive, and ensures that this latest edition will remain a key reference work for students and practitioners alike.”

Dr David Jarvis, Coventry University and Deputy Director, Applied Research Centre in Sustainable Regeneration (SURGE)

“An accessible text for students that provides an excellent summary of the challenges facing the UK regeneration sector up to and including the present age of austerity.”

Dr Lee Pugalis School of Built Environment, Northumbria University

An engaging, systematic guide to the most dramatic transformation of our urban landscape since post-war reconstruction. This new edition has been fully revised to include: Improved pedagogical features, including an expanded glossary and increased visuals, as well as key learning points, useful websites and suggestions for further reading; More content on local sustainability and issues linked to climate change; A new chapter, ‘Scaling Up’, which examines how regeneration operates when considering very large schemes, such as the London 2012 Olympics.

Jones and Evans draw together a mass of information around key themes in governance, sustainability, competition and design - from policy reports to academic studies - into a single coherent text, making this essential reading for anyone studying or working in the field of urban regeneration and planning.




This chapter explores ideas of governance which are used to understand the political processes through which urban regeneration is delivered. The following areas will be covered:

  • Definition: from government to governance: examines what governance means and why it is important for urban regeneration.
  • Understanding the state: breaks down the idea of ‘the state’ as a single body and looks at the complex arrangements of state institutions involved in cities.
  • Different forms of governance: looks at the debates between scholars on how different relationships between the state and non-state sectors can be theorised.
  • The new institutionalism: examines how the structure of institutions themselves can have a significant effect on how governance takes place.
  • Community involvement: examines the place of the community in governance arrangements between state and non-state sectors.
  • Regional regeneration ...
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