Community development in the 21st century: A case of conditional development

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During the last 5 years, the UK government has increased support for and
resources to community development projects and strategies. These
interventions have been deployed to assist the state address key issues
of social exclusion notably at neighbourhood level. The thrust for
tackling social exclusion and therefore the growth in community
development can be linked to New Labour's adherence to a neo-liberal
agenda. The two articles and the working paper considered here reflect
this expansion of activity and articulate some of the central issues and
challenges facing community development. The central problem for
community development appears to be that whilst it has secured a more
prominent place within contemporary social policies, it is in danger of
losing its ability effectively to address the expressed needs of local
commnuitties. Hence the development we are witnessing can be considered
to be a case of conditional development.

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  • community development; globalization; New Labour;

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