Geographies of governance: How place matters in urban regeneration policies

Marc Parés*, Marc Martí-Costa, Ismael Blanco

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Neoliberal accounts of local governance have paid insufficient attention to variation in the forms of urban governance and urban policies across local regimes. On the basis of a comparison of eight deprived neighbourhoods in Catalonia (Spain) where the same regional programme of urban regeneration has been carried out, this paper explores the significance of place when it comes to understanding the adoption of different models of urban governance. In Spain, the combination of a high autonomy of local government and a very strong tradition of neighbourhood associations has resulted in both local authorities and community organisations playing a very important role in local policy-making. Local structural and agency factors are both essential to understanding why models of urban governance and regeneration change from place to place. The paper concludes that neighbourhood type, size of municipality, social capital and previous conflicts are crucial for the understanding of urban governance geographies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3250-3267
JournalUrban Studies
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jan 2014


  • local governance
  • network governance
  • place
  • public participation
  • urban regeneration


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