Place matters: but does local leadership?

Article English OPEN
Hunter, J (2012)

The arrival of New Labour into Government witnessed the prominent re-emergence of place onto the policy agenda. This heralded a range of area-based-initiatives designed to both tackle neighbourhood forms of deprivation and to re-establish a sense of identity and connection between individuals and their local community. In terms of place-making, effective and inclusive participation, representation and leadership were all identified as prerequisites for the creation of sustainable communities . But how important is local leadership and strategic vision within local public service organisations in achieving the desired place-making outcomes? This paper examines the extent to which local leadership and strategic vision represents a significant factor in promoting higher levels of satisfaction, belonging, cohesion and participation across single tier councils in England. The ensuing empirical evidence raises significant questions not only about the importance of local leadership in place-making, but also the environmental and organizational factors that shape local places.
  • References (7)

    Alt, J. (1971), Some social and political correlates of County Borough expenditures. British Journal of Political Science, 1, pp. 49-62.

    Andrews, R. et al (2005), External constraints on local service standards: The case of the Comprehensive Performance Assessment in English local government', Public Administration, 83:3, pp. 639-656; Atkinson, R. & Kintrea, K. (2001), Disentangling area effects: Evidence from deprived and non-deprived neighbourhoods. Urban Studies, 38, 12, pp. 2277-2298.

    Hall, P. et al (2001), The changing urban hierarchy in England and Wales, 1913-1998. Urban Studies, 35, 9, pp. 775-807.

    Healey, P. (1998), Institutional theory, social exclusion and governance, in A. Madanipour et al. (eds.) Social Exclusion in the Cities. (London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers).

    Hofferth, S. & Iceland, J. (1998), Social capital in urban and rural communities. Rural Sociology, 63, 4, pp. 574-598.

    Mullins D and van Bortel, G. (2010), Neighbourhood regeneration and place leadership: Lessons from Groningen and Birmingham. Policy Studies, 31, pp. 413-428.

    Shelton, N. et al (2006), Where not to live: A geo-demographic classification of mortality for England and Wales, 1981-2000. Health & Place, 12, pp. 557-569.

  • Related Research Results (1)
    Place Survey, 2008 (2010)
  • Metrics
    views in OpenAIRE
    views in local repository
    downloads in local repository

    The information is available from the following content providers:

    From Number Of Views Number Of Downloads
    Institutional Repository - IRUS-UK 0 71
Share - Bookmark