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Neighbourhood Effects or Neighbourhood Based Problems?

A Policy Context

  • David Manley
  • Maarten van Ham
  • Nick Bailey
  • Ludi Simpson
  • Duncan Maclennan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. David Manley, Maarten van Ham, Nick Bailey, Ludi Simpson, Duncan Maclennan
    Pages 1-23
  3. Ian Brunton-Smith, Alex Sutherland, Jonathan Jackson
    Pages 67-87
  4. Keith Kintrea
    Pages 133-155
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 293-296

About this book


This edited volume critically examines the link between area based policies, neighbourhood based problems, and neighbourhood effects: the idea that living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods has a negative effect on residents’ life chances over and above the effect of their individual characteristics. Over the last few decades, Western governments have persistently pursued area based policies to fight such effects, despite a lack of evidence that they exist, or that these policies make a difference. The first part of this book presents case studies of perceived neighbourhood based problems in the domains of crime; health; educational outcomes; and employment. The second part of the book presents an international overview of the policies that different governments have implemented in response to these neighbourhood based problems, and discusses the theoretical and conceptual processes behind place based policy making. Case studies are drawn from a diverse range of countries including the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Australia, Canada, and the USA.


Educational Area based Initiatives International policy solutions to area based problems Living in deprived neighbourhoods Neighbourhood based problems Neighbourhood effects and neighbourhood policy Neighbourhood inequalities in health and well-being Neighbourhood policies Poverty deconcentration programs Problems of concentrated poverty in urban environments Shaping and perceptions of crime Spatial Concentrations of certain socioeconomic phenomena Spatial concentrations of health and ill health Spatial spill-over effects in fear and crime Spatially concentrated worklessness Urban renewal policies

Editors and affiliations

  • David Manley
    • 1
  • Maarten van Ham
    • 2
  • Nick Bailey
    • 3
  • Ludi Simpson
    • 4
  • Duncan Maclennan
    • 5
  1. 1., School of Geographical SciencesUniversity of BristolBristolUnited Kingdom
  2. 2., OTB Research Inst for the Built EnvironmDelft University of TechnologyDelftNetherlands
  3. 3., Urban StudiesUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUnited Kingdom
  4. 4., The Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and SUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUnited Kingdom
  5. 5., Centre for Housing ResearchUniversity of St. AndrewsSt. AndrewsUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information


From the book reviews:

“This book sets out to interrogate the link between area-based policies, neighbourhood-based problems and ‘neighbourhood effects’, defined here as ‘the idea that the neighbourhood in which an individual lives can negatively influence their life choices across a vast range of domains’ … . The book is divided into two sections. … I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to policymakers, students and researchers engaged in this important endeavour.” (Rionach Casey, Social Policy & Administration, Vol. 49 (1), January, 2015)