'It's like maintaining a hedge': Constraints on citizen engagement in community regeneration in East Manchester

Georgina Blakeley, Brendan Evans

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Since participation at the local level is frequently urged as a solution to political disengagement (Stoker, 2006), it is important to acknowledge the structural obstacles to the ready imposition of the participatory project. This article argues that this focus upon popular democratic participation in urban affairs neglects the realities of political and social life, particularly for poorer areas of cities, and the structural constraints that greatly limit the opportunities for residents to engage actively within their community. From this perspective, the miracle is how much participation occurs rather than how little.

Original languageEnglish
Article number200801
Pages (from-to)100-113
Number of pages14
JournalPublic Policy and Administration
Issue number1
Early online date1 Jan 2008
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes


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