Approaches to urban regeneration have changed dramatically throughout Europe and the USA over recent decades, drawing on notions of public-private partnership, growth coalitions and local spatial alliances. In this engaging book John McCarthy provides critical consideration of such theories in terms of their application to practice. He shows how these notions are used to explain the nature and underlying processes of urban development and to further objectives for urban regeneration. To test their applicability, he examines the case of Dundee, including the role of the Dundee Partnership, a model for many aspects of partnership working. The resulting conclusions suggest ways in which the practice of urban regeneration can be improved in terms of inclusion, equity and sustainability.
John McCarthy is Reader in Urban Studies at the Heriot-Watt University, UK.
'For anyone who wants to understand the changing economic role of cities, and the contribution of partnership and collaboration towards their regeneration, this book is essential reading. John McCarthy extends our understanding by comparing the evidence from England and Scotland and with a detailed exploration of the transformation of Dundee from an industrial to an entrepreneurial city.' Nick Bailey, University of Westminster, UK. 'This is an excellent analysis of modern urban regeneration processes and their outcomes. By means of in-depth local case studies McCarthy contrasts the fragmented property/industry-led and tourism/culture-led approaches to regeneration with the more the recent holistic approaches. The strength of this book is that not only does it provide an authoritative account of recent experience in Dundee; but it uses this evidence to develop insights, which make a valuable contribution to the growing body of theory on urban regeneration.' Chris Couch, Liverpool John Moores University, UK '...this book is an important contribution to the field and especially for those with a closer interest in regeneration in Dundee in particular, and Scotland and the UK in general.' Environmental and planning B: Planning and Design '...this is an excellent study of the dynamics and problems of interorganisational relations and coordination across jurisdictions and tiers of government in pursuit of urbanregeneration.' Town Planning Review