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Analysing Urban Policy

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Part of the Public Policy and Politics book series (PPP)

Abstract

In this first chapter we shall address some necessary preliminaries to the study of urban policy. We shall:
  • Consider the term urban. An understanding of the meanings associated with this ill-defined term are essential in the study of a field labelled ‘urban policy’.

  • Outline three distinct analytical traditions: pluralist, Marxist and New Right. These approaches, and their subvariants, provide concepts which allow real-world urban policies to be analysed and evaluated.

  • Propose a framework for policy evaluation; this will provide the basis for subsequent chapters focused on the assessment of specific urban policies.

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© Rob Atkinson and Graham Moon 1994

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