City of One's Own: Blurring the Boundaries Between Private and Public

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It is often overlooked that the initiatives of private individuals and bodies have always been a major feature of urban governance in English and American cities, before, during and after the heyday of 20th-century Welfare States. This book emphasizes the citizens' continuous participation in a wide range of urban affairs, especially outside institutional frameworks. It brings together an interdisciplinary team of French, British and American academics who examine the long and rich history of participation or partnership in British and American urban life (with occasional reference to France), showing that both private interests and community groups have long been involved in local policies. Taking the concept of governance as the main theoretical framework, the book argues that Western governments and local authorities have always had difficulty defining the borders between the territories of private and public actors and also in defining the boundaries of state intervention and public interest. Focusing on the blurring of these boundaries, this book presents a re-examination of how city's were developed, both past and present.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754675020
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Table

Introduction Sophie Body-Gendrot Body-Gendrot, Sophie Jacques Carre Carre, Jacques Romain Garbaye Garbaye, Romain 1

Pt. 1 Planning

1 'Private' and 'Public' in the Extension of Georgian London's West End Jacques Carre Carre, Jacques 13

2 Making an Inclusive Urbanism: New York City's World Trade Memorial Robert A. Beauregard Beauregard, Robert A. 25

Pt. 2 Housing

3 The Privatization of Council-Housing in Britain: The Strange Death of Public Sector Housing? David Fee Fee, David 41

4 The Governance of New Communities in Britain, France and North America, 1815-2004: The Quest for the Public Interest? Stephane Sadoux Sadoux, Stephane Frederic Cantaroglou Cantaroglou, Frederic Audrey Gloor Gloor, Audrey 57

Pt. 3 Security

5 Gated Communities: Generic Patterns in Suburban Landscapes? Renaud Le Goix Le Goix, Renaud 77

6 From Self-Defence to Citizenry Involvement Participation in Law-and-Order Enforcement in the United States: Private Spheres and Public Space Didier Cotnbeau Cotnbeau, Didier 103

7 The Future of Prison Privatization in the United States Franck Vindevogel Vindevogel, Franck 115

Pt. 4 Health

8 AIDS Prevention by Non-Governmental Organizations: Inside the American and French Responses Laura Hobson Faure Faure, Laura Hobson Carla Dillard Smith Smith, Carla Dillard Gloria Lockett Lockett, Gloria Benjamin P. Bowser Bowser, Benjamin P. 133

Pt. 5 Education

9 Education Management Organizations and For-Profit Education - An Overview and a Case-Study: Philadelphia Malie Montagutelli Montagutelli, Malie 149

10 'We Pay the Rates!' Catholic Voluntary Schools and Scottish School Boards (1872-1918) GeraldineVaughan Vaughan, Geraldine 163

Pt. 6 Citizenship

11 'To Serve and to Eject': The Women's Local Government Society, Britain 1888-1918 Myriani Boussahba-Bravard Boussahba-Bravard, Myriani 181

12 The 'Third Way' and the Governance of the Social in Britain Jerome Tournadre-Plancq Tournadre-Plancq, Jerome 201

Conclusion: Jane Jacobs Revisited? Sophie Body-Gendrot Body-Gendrot, Sophie Jacques Carre Carre, Jacques Romain Garbaye Garbaye, Romain 213

Index 217

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