Decentring Urban Governance seeks to rethink governance not as a particular state formation, but as the diverse policies emerging associated with the impact of modernist social science on policy making, considering the diverse meanings that inspire governing practices across time, space, and policy sectors in urban context.

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the book goes beyond neoliberalism, and is interested in other webs of meaning through which actors encounter, interpret, and evaluate social science, which have received less analytical attention. All these different webs of meaning – elite narratives, social science, and local traditions – influence patterns of action. The book creates an analytical space by which to consider situated agency and localised resistance to the discourses and policies of political elites, including the myriad ways in which local actors have resisted practices of governance on the ground.

This text will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners of urban governance, governance and more broadly to the social sciences, housing, social policy, law and welfare studies.

chapter 1|12 pages

Decentring urban governance

Agency, resistance, and place

part 13I|52 pages

The individual and urban governance

chapter 2|23 pages

Foucault’s duel

Constructed narratives and webs of meaning in anti-social behaviour and welfare benefits governance in the United Kingdom

chapter 3|27 pages

Youth unemployment, interdependence and power

Tensions and resistance within an alternative, ‘co-produced’ employment programme

part 65II|72 pages

Social groups and urban governance

chapter 5|26 pages

What difference do rights make?

Decentring the governance of children’s outdoor play in Scotland and Wales

part 137III|70 pages

Law and policy and urban governance

chapter 7|19 pages

Whatever happened to the Liverpool Model?

Urban cultural policy in the era after urban regeneration