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Smash and grab. The political economy of urban re-generation in Scotland's six cities, Western Europe 2057

Charley, J.H. (2007) Smash and grab. The political economy of urban re-generation in Scotland's six cities, Western Europe 2057. In: Shifts: Projections into the Future of the Central Belt. The Lighthouse, Glasgow, United Kingdom, pp. 149-145. ISBN 1905061137

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Abstract

Changing political agendas have shaped models of urban regeneration in Scotland. Latterly, this has focussed on social justice and inclusion reflecting the policy direction of new labour and the Scottish Parliament. In addition the experience of community regeneration and imposition of a national Community Planning agenda, has contributed to the development of strategic instruments for tackling poverty and exclusion in its cities. These factors influence the architecure of the urban areas.