Looking for the 'urban' in public policy

Cochrane, Allan (2018). Looking for the 'urban' in public policy. In: Iossifova, Deljana; Doll, Christopher N. H. and Gasparatos, Alexandros eds. Defining the Urban: Interdisciplinary and Professional Perspectives. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 97–108.

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On one influential and in many respects highly persuasive interpretation, since we now live in an urban world, it follows that all public policy is also necessarily a form of urban policy. More modestly it has been suggested that the best way to approach the issue is to review the full range of public policy in practice and to identify those aspects that particularly affect those living in urban areas. But here I want to focus on those areas of policy that have from time to time more or less explicitly been identified as ‘urban’. There is no assumption that it is possible to find some clearly bounded and narrowly specified policy field, but I shall rather seek to trace a pathway through the policy thickets to explore the relationship between the ways in which the urban is defined through policy and the ways in which policy itself seeks to respond to the changing nature of the urban.

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