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Urban Process and Power

By Peter Ambrose Copyright 1994
    264 Pages
    by Routledge

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    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.

    Part I: URBAN: Why and How Do Urban Areas Vary? 1. 'Human Nature' and the Urban Environment 2. Three Urban Environments Compared Part II: PROCESS: How the Built Environment is Fashioned 3. The System Generating New Built Environment 4. Profit-seeking Development - As Investment 5. Profit-seeking Development - For Sale 6. Non-profit-seeking Development - Statutory 7. Non-profit-seeking Development - Voluntary Part III: POWER: New Ideologies and Their Effects 8. The Dominant 'Neo-liberal' Ideologies of the 1980s/90s 9. The Impact of 'Neo-liberal' Policies on the Built Environment Part IV: LESSONS: The Widening of Perspectives 10. How it Works Elsewhere 11. Ways Ahead?


    Peter Ambrose

    `... 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