Civic culture, community and citizen participation in contrasting neighbourhoods



Docherty I, Goodlad R & Paddison R (2001) Civic culture, community and citizen participation in contrasting neighbourhoods. Urban Studies, 38 (12), pp. 2225-2250.

This paper uses survey and qualitative evidence from four neighbourhoods in two cities to explore the hypothesis that citizen participation in urban governance is fostered by political structures and public policy as well as by a civic culture supportive of citizen involvement. The analysis shows that although the prospects for citizen participation are likely to be least propitious in poor neighbourhoods demonstrating lower educational attainment levels, for example, such factors may be mitigated by political mobilisation and the approaches to urban governance, including citizen participation, adopted by local institutions. Citizen participation may be fostered as much by the creation of opportunity structures that build confidence in the efficacy of participation as by the intrinsic levels of civic culture. The key policy lesson is that the effort devoted to creating greater institutional thickness and participatory structures is not wasted.

Urban Studies: Volume 38, Issue 12

FundersUniversity of Glasgow
Publication date01/11/2001

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Professor Iain Docherty

Professor Iain Docherty

Dean of Institute for Advanced Studies