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Governing urban regeneration in the UK: a case of ‘variegated neoliberalism’ in action?

Atkinson, Rob; Tallon, Andrew; Williams, David


David Williams


© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. The article focuses on the redevelopment of previously developed land by public-private sector partnerships in three cities/towns in South-West England, two of which can be described as medium-sized places with little previous experience of such developments. In each case we situated the redevelopment process in its wider multi-level and horizontal relationships using Social Network Analysis to produce network and centrality maps to reveal the complex network of relationships the process was embedded within and shaped by. These developments took place in what is termed the ‘roll-out’ phase of neoliberalism and we illustrate how the overarching planning and regulatory regimes (including contracts), along with wider economic conditions, shaped the development process, with the proviso that in each case these factors were mediated and themselves shaped by the assortment and interaction of local organizational, political, economic and civic forces. These included local planning committees and their interpretation of planning regulations and the developers involved, but also opposition to the developments from local sources. Much, however, depended on the ‘capacity to act’ of the relevant partnerships, in the sense of mobilizing and deploying available resources to realize the proposed developments.


Atkinson, R., Tallon, A., & Williams, D. (2019). Governing urban regeneration in the UK: a case of ‘variegated neoliberalism’ in action?. European Planning Studies, 27(6), 1083-1106.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 19, 2019
Online Publication Date Apr 1, 2019
Publication Date Jun 1, 2019
Deposit Date Mar 21, 2019
Publicly Available Date Oct 2, 2020
Journal European Planning Studies
Print ISSN 0965-4313
Electronic ISSN 1469-5944
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 6
Pages 1083-1106
Keywords public-private partnerships, urban development, previously developed land, regulation, planning
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Planning Studies on 01 April 2019, available online:


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