Enhancing participation in disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods

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Abstract

Participation in neighbourhoods is a highly valued phenomenon. Participation is the basis of a shared social life, but it also makes everyday life, and the lived experience of people participating in it, political. From a public administration perspective, governance and formal policy-making are increasingly reaching out to citizens, instead of drawing solely on representative mechanisms of local government. This paper investigates how practitioners working in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Dutch cities enhance participation. Using empirical data from research in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in The Netherlands, the paper shows that these practitioners either start projects that connect people in their own life world or connect policy-makers and policy to initiatives on the ground. As a result, they create the opportunity for many to develop their citizenship and become a more active participant in their local communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-62
JournalLocal Government Studies
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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  • Participation, neighbourhood governance, citizenship, disadvantagedneighbourhoods, exemplary practitioners

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Enhancing participation in disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods. / de Graaf, L.J.; van Hulst, M.J.; Michels, Ank.

In: Local Government Studies, Vol. 41, No. 1, 2015, p. 44-62.

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