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Neighbourhood Governance - Capacity for Social Integration, Final Report, EUR 21710

Project ID: HPSE-CT-2001-00080


Much of research concerning social exclusion has been focused on the actual outcomes of implementing existing policies. The idea behind this project was that the effectiveness of localised social cohesion programmes is not only a question of what is delivered. Of equal or greater importance is how and by whom programmes are delivered, that is, the mechanisms of governance in the local neighbourhoods studied.
The key hypothesis for research was that resources allocated to disadvantaged neighbourhoods are often used ineffectively and not necessarily in response to the residents' needs. Structural change has created a major disjunction between the needs of residents and the formal structures, which deliver services to them. This disjunction calls for an evaluation of present governance structures and processes. Ultimately, the challenge lies in developing governance mechanisms and structures which recognise the specific nature of all stakeholders with interests in a neighbourhood and, thus, to reform and/or create adequate forums for communication, negotiation, decision making and implementation.
The overall objective for this project was to identify and assess possible new governance structures to combat social exclusion in contemporary Europe. Recognising the interdependencies and the interaction between local residents, social groups, public agencies and local businesses, the project will develop new methods and tools for the effective use of available resources for socio-economic development.

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