Module Identifier GG38310  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Martin Jones  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   18 Hours  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours Written examination. Answer two questions from four. Resit examinations will have the same format.   100%  

Module Outline (Lecture Themes)
1. Introducing the State and Urban Politics

Changing Patterns of Housing Policy
2. The Nineteenth-Century Housing Question
3. Building the Welfare State: From Public Health to Public Housing
4. Selling the Welfare State: Thatcherism and a 'Right to Buy'
5. Housing Associations and 'New Walled Cities'

The Rise and Decline of Urban Policy
6. The Emergence of an Urban Problem with Urban Policy Solutions
7. Thatcherite Transitions: From Urban to Inner-Urban policy
8. Urban Development Corporations: Flagship to Shipwreck
9. Privatism and Partnerships: City Challenge and the Single Regeneration Budget

The Rise and Fall of Labour Market Planning
10. The Rise of Sectoral Intervention: Industrial Training Boards
11. Tripartite Corporatism: The Manpower Services Commission
12. A Decade of Voluntarism: Training and Enterprise Councils
13. New Labour, Full-Employability, and the New Deal

14. From the Keynesian Welfare State to the Schumpeterian Workfare state?

Module Aims
The module aims to examine the contemporary and historical development of state intervention in the urban arena, concentrating on the areas of housing, urban policy and labour market policy. In so doing the course seeks to analyse critically the reasons for, and limits to, state intervention in urban development, stressing the interaction between local, national and broader international political processes.

By the end of this module students should be able to;

a) Demonstrate a detailed appreciation of the major legislative and policy changes which have underscored the development of housing and planning provision in Britain;

b) Demonstrate an awareness of the changing nature of urban and inner-city policy in Britain;

c) Appreciate the ways in which national and local processes combine to affect state intervention in any particular place;

d) Evaluate critically a range of conceptual and theoretical ideas regarding local politics;

e) Demonstrate skills in verbal and written presentation and communication.

Reading Lists
R. Atkinson and G. Moon. (1994) Urban Policy in Britain: The City, the State and the Market. Macmillan, London
R. Burrows and B. Loader (ed.). (1994) Towards a Post-Fordist Welfare State?. Routledge: London
S. Duncan and M. Goodwin. (1988) The Local State and Uneven Development.
R. Forrest and A. Murie. (1991) Selling the Welfare State. Routledge: London
C. Hamnett. (1998) Winners and Losers: Home Ownership in Modern Britain. UCL Press: London
C. Hay. (1996) Re-Stating Social and Political Change. Open University Press: Buckingham
R. Imrie and H. Thomas. (1993) British Urban Policy and the Urban Development Corporations. Paul Chapman: London
B. Jessop. (1990) State Theory: Putting Capitalist States in their Place. Polity: Cambridge
M. Jones. (1999) New Institutional Spaces: Training and Enterprise Councils and the Remaking of Economic Governance. Regional Studies Association/Jessica Kingsley: London
P. Lawless. (1989) Britain's Inner Cities: Problems and Policies. Harper & Row: London
N. Oatley. (1998) Cities, Economic Competition and Urban Policy. Paul Chapman: London
D. King. (1995) Actively Seeking Work? The Politics of Unemployment and Welfare Policy in the United States and Britain. Chicago University Press: Chicago
P. Lawless and F. Brown. (1988) Urban Growth and Change in Britain. Harper & Row: London
P. Malpass and A. Murie. (1998) Housing Policy and Practice. Macmillan: London
S. Merrett. (1979) State Housing in Britain. Routledge & Kegan Paul: London
A. Midwinter. (1994) The Development of Social Welfare in Britain. Open University Press: Buckingham
C. Offe. (1984) Contradictions of the Welfare State. Hutchinson: London
A. Thornley. (1991) Urban Planning Under Thatcherism. Routledge: London