This book offers a controversial reanalysis of the rise and dominance of managerialist approaches to development. Linking two British inner-city community development projects with projects in the developing world it shows how ’managed development’ runs counter to participatory values and aspirations of communities receiving development aid. This, in effect, mutes the voices of these communities. In conclusion, Holmes draws implications for the emerging community development agenda in urban development throughout the world.
Contents: Management, the emergence of a dominating paradigm; The nature of management; Radical organization theory and research; Management and the labour process; Management and class analysis; The capitalist state and management; Popular planning in modern London: a context of disparities; Processes of domination in the management of a job creation project; Community initiative or state enterprise? Setting up Stonebridge; Who managed the Charlton Training Centre?; Attempting democratic organization: tensions and contradictions; Beyond the dominance of management; Bibliography; Index.