Does Participation Really Matter in Urban Regeneration Policies? Exploring Governance Networks in Catalonia (Spain)

Marc Parés, Jordi Bonet-Martí, Marc Martí-Costa

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Abstract

In this article we focus our attention on the progressively prominence of the citizen participation into the networks of governance oriented toward urban regeneration. We expound the main results of our recent research carried out in 10 deprived neighborhoods in Catalonia (Spain), going in depth into three central issues: (1) the weight of citizen participation in the governance networks, (2) the substantive effects of this participation, and (3) the factors that influence the variety of experiences of participation in urban regeneration. We conclude that the development of participatory governance networks is dialectically related to policy outcomes and to prior structural elements like the position of the neighborhoods within the urban system or the availability and characteristics of the local social capital. © SAGE Publications 2012.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-271
JournalUrban Affairs Review
Volume48
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2012

Keywords

  • network governance
  • participation
  • urban governance
  • urban policy
  • urban regeneration

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