Co-Opting the Streets of Liverpool: Self-Organization and the Role of Local Authorities

McGowan, James, Dembski, Sebastian ORCID: 0000-0002-4292-6712 and Moore, Tom ORCID: 0000-0001-5943-3378
(2020) Co-Opting the Streets of Liverpool: Self-Organization and the Role of Local Authorities. Planning Practice and Research, 35 (4). pp. 363-379.

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Within the context of austerity politics, there is an increasing emphasis on regeneration initiatives that originate in civil society itself. While community-led contributions are supported by local authorities for their self-organisation and empowerment of communities, ownership of the planning process allows the local authority to retain power over the community, and subsequently co-opt initiatives in the interest of their own wider regeneration plans. However, given communities often lack resources, the involvement of the local authority is often necessary to ensure future development. This paper argues that this dynamic places community-led schemes at risk of co-optation, meaning plans are community-outsourced rather than facilitating the potential of self-organisation by communities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Self-organization, community planning, regeneration, Liverpool
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2020 15:07
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 23:59
DOI: 10.1080/02697459.2020.1740416
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