Community involvement in leisure provision-private enterprise or public interest?

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Abstract

An analysis is made of a 'community involvement' approach which ostensibly was concerned to involve the local community in decisions concerning leisure policy, and thereby solve the problems of mis-match between provision and needs. However, like other areas of public participation, the various committees and other informal channels of communication were dominated by a well-organized, articulate, socially and politically well-connected minority. Rather than effecting a redistribution of access to decision making, the 'community involvement' initiatives strengthened the control of already privileged groups. However, from the council's perspective, this outcome was not necessarily a failure. As with most areas of leisure policy there was a 'hidden agenda'. In this case the concern was not so much to meet community leisure needs, but to co-opt opposition, reduce criticism of the council and reduce financial expenditure by devolving responsibility for the management of facilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pagespp.90-110
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1986
EventCommunity involvement in leisure provision - private enterprise or public interest?  - Sussex University, Sussex, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Jul 19848 Jul 1984

Conference

ConferenceCommunity involvement in leisure provision - private enterprise or public interest? 
CountryUnited Kingdom
CitySussex
Period4/07/848/07/84

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    Limb, M. (1986). Community involvement in leisure provision-private enterprise or public interest?. pp.90-110. Paper presented at Community involvement in leisure provision - private enterprise or public interest? , Sussex, United Kingdom. https://www.cabdirect.org/cabdirect/abstract/19861838390