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Disruptive Localism - Community Activism versus Clientelism in England’s Neighbourhood Planning

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalPlanning Theory and Practice
Early online date16 Nov 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Nov 2021


This paper reports on a study of Neighbourhood Planning in more deprived urban areas of the North West region of England, revealing that the stance of elected representatives is important in shaping the processes and outcomes of this new more citizen-led form of planning. The paper considers how far barriers to Neighbourhood Planning, and the variable support offered by local planning authorities to deprived urban communities, might be accounted for by practices of clientelism. It concludes that clientelism provides a useful lens through which to interpret attitudes towards Neighbourhood Planning as a disruptor of established patterns of influence and powerholding.


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