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Title:Entrepreneurial urbanism and the management of the Contemporary City: the Examples of Business Improvement Districts
Author(s):Ward, Kevin
Subject(s):Business improvement
Urban Planning
Abstract:This paper seeks to examine processes of state restructuring in exploring the ways in which Business Improvement Districts are being introduced into UK cities. In advancing the analysis the focus here is on the way in which one or two New York Business Improvement Districts were constructed as ‘models’ of urban management that could be taken out of their particular local and State contexts and introduced into a diverse set of local political economic contexts in UK cities and towns. Examining the way Business Improvement Districts have become a policy in motion, the paper sketches out the emergence of entrepreneurial urban governance arrangements in the UK as part of the state’s changing spatiality in the industrialized economies of Western Europe and North America. Seeking to move beyond the rather one-sided and shallow representations of policies that find themselves on the move, the paper draws on work in New York to unpack the nature of the politicaleconomic relations that Business Improvement Districts were part of, before moving on to examine the process of policy-transfer and the early days of the introduction of the ‘model’ into UK cities.
Issue Date:2005-03-11
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Sponsor:Title VI National Resource Center Grant (P015A030066)
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-01-25

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