Urban Process and Power has two chief aims. Firstly, it analyses and explains a century of the production and reproduction of the urban environment in which most of us live. Secondly, the book focuses on recent changes in the control of these processes and the ideology that has brought these changes about. Immense disparities exist between the "best" and the "worst" urban areas in Britain. Why do these differences arise and how are they perpetuated? The author argues that the growth of such inequality is linked to questions of accountability and the increasing erosion of a democratic principle in the urban process.
`… a very good book which is well written, provocative and planning courses, as well as finding a place on the desks rather than the shelves of policy makers at local and national level.' - Regional Studies
`Ambrose's book should be a standard on all urban, planning or housing courses for its valuable argumentative power, its classical exposition of the key processes underpinning change in the built environment and its many aids to productive r6eading for the student.' - Yvonne Rydin, London School of Economics