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Re‐scaling regeneration: Experiences of merging area‐based and city‐wide partnerships in urban policy

Jon Coaffee (Global Urban Research Unit, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)

International Journal of Public Sector Management

ISSN: 0951-3558

Article publication date: 1 August 2004



The city of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, has become an urban laboratory where numerous nationally prescribed regeneration partnerships and strategies have been “tried‐out” over the last 30 years. This paper unpacks the different and often contradictory spatial scales that such responses have taken, be they area‐based or city‐wide, as well as how “ways of doing” regeneration have been subsequently recast by this range of new partnerships, structures and processes. These developments have subsequently transformed the linkages between both central government and localities, and between local authorities and citizens, especially with regard to issues of trust‐based relationships. This paper will exemplify these changes by highlighting how the Government's flagship community‐centred regeneration partnership collided with an ambitious and far‐reaching local authority‐led city‐wide regeneration strategy. This paper concludes by discussing and how this has implications for managing regeneration partnerships per se in the current urban policy context.



Coaffee, J. (2004), "Re‐scaling regeneration: Experiences of merging area‐based and city‐wide partnerships in urban policy", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 17 No. 5, pp. 443-461.



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