Urban regeneration, governance and the state: exploring notions of distance and proximity

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Colleges, School and Institutes


Recent debates over how to characterise the governance of urban regeneration are developed in this paper using a detailed case study of Attwood Green in Birmingham, UK. Specifically, the relationship between actors within governance networks and the state is critically reappraised. The case study suggests that actors tend to display highly reflexive understandings of government as multifaceted and multidimensional, simultaneously trying to establish distance and proximity from different aspects of state power. The relationship between those agents regenerating Attwood Green and local and central government is highly strategic, manipulating transfers of financial, political and legal power through new organisational configurations.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1491-1509
Number of pages19
JournalUrban Studies
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2006