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City futures: Views from the centre

By S Marvin and T May


Many of the problems of cities, urban governance and public policy are attributed to the absence of 'joined-up thinking' within and between levels of government. One dimension of this problem is the relationship between the functional responsibilities of ministries (health, housing, education and so on) and the need to integrate these functions in the whole diverse set of cities and regions where they operate. This paper presents an empirical study of how cities are viewed by public servants in UK central government, reporting a broad span of attitudes and preconceptions, from those for whom the city is virtually invisible through to those for whom the city or region is the potential locus for the generation and integration of policy, interacting with the centre

Topics: H1, TA, built_and_human_env, other
Publisher: Routledge Taylor & Francis
Year: 2003
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