Resident participation in housing regeneration in France

Hall, S. and Hickman, P. (2011) Resident participation in housing regeneration in France. Housing Studies, 26 (6). pp. 827-843. ISSN 0267-3037 Available from:

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The involvement of local residents in housing regeneration policy and practice has become a ‘new orthodoxy’ across Western Europe. This paper considers the experience of France, a country noted for its history of ‘third sector’ activism and innovative practice in, for example, neighbourhood management. It is argued here that—notwithstanding three decades of central government rhetoric and exhortation—there remain few examples of genuine involvement of residents in formal regeneration decision-making processes at a local level in France (especially in respect of strategic issues). There exists a ‘participation deficit’. This paper explores this phenomenon empirically through case studies of housing regeneration in Lyon, Marseille and Mantes la Jolie. It also seeks to explain the ‘participation deficit’, drawing a distinction between those factors that are pan-European and those that are particularly French, not least the apparent resilience of representative democracy.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:resident participation, housing regeneration, France, regeneration, social housing, governance, participation, democracy
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Geography and Environmental Management
ID Code:16215
Deposited By: U. Mulligan
Deposited On:13 Dec 2011 11:29
Last Modified:23 Sep 2016 18:15

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