Disorderly cities and the policy-making field: The 1981 English riots and the management of urban decline

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JournalBritish Politics
DateE-pub ahead of print - 11 Sep 2018
DatePublished (current) - 11 Sep 2018
Number of pages19
Pages (from-to)1-18
Early online date11/09/18
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This article develops a framework for understanding policy-making responses to the crisis of the post-industrial urban economy in Britain through an exploration of the policy event of the 1981 English riots and the policy-making field that surrounded it in which the rival positions of ‘managed decline’ and concerted urban regeneration became reconciled through a roll-out of neoliberal governance mechanisms. The value of this framework for contemporary analyses of urban policy in the context of social marginality and uneven economic development is discussed in the conclusion.

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  • Urban unrest, Urban policy, Managed decline, Liverpool, Bourdieu

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