The Watershed? Urban Policy 1977–79

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


This chapter is primarily concerned with the 1977 White Paper Policy for the Inner Cities (HMSO, Cmnd 6845). We examine the context in which it was published, its implications for urban policy and the proposals which flowed from it via the Inner Urban Areas Act, 1978. We will:
  • Outline the key background themes which were current at the time when the White Paper was being prepared.

  • Discuss the White Paper itself and the proposals it contained.

  • Examine the operation and effectiveness of the ‘partnership authorities’ which were created by the 1978 Act.

  • Compare theoretical interpretations and assess policy coherence.


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© Rob Atkinson and Graham Moon 1994

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