The inner city as a political issue has had a rare longevity. From Harold Wilson's expansion of the Urban Programme in 1968, through the new economic perspective embodied in the 1977 White Paper, to Margaret Thatcher's declaration of having 'a big job to do in those inner cities' on election night in 1987 — the issue has always been prominent. This paper examines ways in which the issue has been 'framed' over the last decade. It draws on contrasts between state and market mechanisms, the relationships between central and local government and emerging ideologies of the city itself. The author concludes by proposing a new regulatory framework for the development of a national urban policy.
Urban Policy and Practice is a practical and critical guide to urban policy in contemporary Britain. The book covers a range of topics including: * Quality and consumerism in the public sector * Community development * Public Health * Environmental issues * Local intervention in the creation of skills and jobs Case studies are drawn from housing, planning, the social services, economic development, and local government finance. Throughout, the concern is for a clear analysis of corporate strategies, democratic control and sustainable development