Analysing Urban Policy

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


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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