The potential of community entrepreneurship for neighbourhood revitalization in the United Kingdom and the United States

David Varady, Reinout Kleinhans, Maarten van Ham
2015 Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy  
Purpose -The global economic crisis has had a major impact on government spending for urban regeneration. In the context of these austerity regimes, in many European countries, community entrepreneurship and active citizenship are increasingly considered as a means to continue small-scale urban revitalisation. This paper investigates recent literature on both British community enterprises (CEs) and American community development corporations (CDCs). The aim is to assess the current potential of
more » ... community entrepreneurship in neighbourhood revitalization in the United States and the United Kingdom. Design/methodology/approach -Starting from a seminal article, this paper reviews literature focusing on the role of CEs and CDCs in neighbourhood revitalization. Differences and similarities are analysed, taking into account national context differences. Findings -While CDCs have a relatively successful record in affordable housing production in distressed areas, CDCs are fundamentally limited in terms of reversing processes of community decline. CEs in the UK have focused on non-housing issues. Research limitations/implications -This paper asks the question what CEs can learn from CDCs in terms of scope, aims, strategies, accountability, assets and partnerships with public and private actors. However, a systematic literature review has not been conducted. Originality/value -Our comparison reveals similarities but also differences with regard to aims, organizational characteristics, co-operation on multiple scales, and community participation. Apart from lessons that can be learned, we provide recommendations for further research that should cover the lack of empirical evidence in this field.
doi:10.1108/jec-01-2015-0009 fatcat:jsdvttm43ffpxfen7mxaksm7iy