Journal of Housing and the Built Environment

, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 175–177 | Cite as

R. P. Hohmann: Regenerating deprived urban areas

A cross-national analysis of area-based initiatives, Policy Press, Bristol, 2013, 9781447310785, p. 240
  • W. P. C. van Gent
Book Review

In his study of area-based initiatives (ABIs) in England and Germany, Rene Peter Hohmann ignores a well-known aphorism, often misattributed to Von Bismarck, which states that laws and policies are like sausages; best not to see how they are made. The result is an assessment of the impacts of ABIs on local regeneration in two European cities.

Using a multi method approach, Hohmann evaluates the ‘New Localism’ trend in ABIs as a result of three interrelated processes. First, the restructuring of state power and the need for local states to operate entrepreneurially have resulted in a decentralisation of public service delivery. Second, in recent decades, through local development partnerships, state and non-state actors have found new ways to coordinate activities. Supposed benefits from the ‘bottom-up’ approach in governance are the inclusion of civil society, increased democratic accountability and tapping into local knowledge. Third, the quest for cost-efficient public services has...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Urban Geographies, Centre for Urban StudiesUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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