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Evaluating British Urban Policy

Ideology, Conflict and Compromise, 1st Edition

By Suet Ying Ho


244 pages

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Since the Conservative government of the late 70s introduced its stringent spending policy, a 'value for money' ideology has dictated most new approaches to policy management. As a result, monitoring and evaluation have become an integral part in the policy process. Focusing on the experience of British Urban Policy, this book examines the theoretical and practical issues in the monitoring or evaluation of public policy. It argues that as a result of the 'value for money' ideology influencing urban policy in Britain, various conflicts have arisen in both policy and implementation, and compromises have had to be made. By exploring the experiences of monitoring and evaluating urban policy, the book examines key issues such as changing approaches, the interface between monitoring and evaluation, and the utilization of monitoring information and evaluation studies. It concludes that a long-term evaluation strategy is required in order to improve the utility value of evaluation studies vis-a-vis policy formulation at the national level and implementation at the local level.


'It draws on evidence from the City Challenge programme to make valuable wider suggestions about the nature of monitoring and evaluation. It has important messages both for policy makers in central government and for local partnerships involved in regeneration on the ground. Given the government's renewed aim to regenerate cities that was spelled out in the Urban White Paper, this is a book that will prove both timely and important.' Professor Brian Robson, Manchester University, UK

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction. Part I: Monitoring and Evaluation: A Review of Three Decades: Evaluation of urban policy; The development of output and performance monitoring. Part II: Monitoring and Evaluation in Practice: Monitoring and evaluation - government approach; Monitoring and evaluation - local practice; Local experience - Bradford City challenge; Local experience - Hulme City challenge; Perceptions and reality - a comparison of views between partnerships and the government; Conclusions; Bibliography; Index.

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Urban and Regional Planning and Development Series

Urban and Regional Planning and Development Series
Based on over a decade of publishing the highest quality research, the Urban and Regional Planning and Development Series has developed a strong profile. It is internationally recognised for its high quality research monographs. The emphasis is on presenting original research findings which are informed by theoretical sophistication and methodological rigour. It is avowedly global in its outlook, with contributions welcomed from around the world. The series is open to contributions from a wide variety of disciplines, including planning, geography, sociology, political science, public administration and economics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Regional Planning