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What, in Practice, has been the Impact of Community Involvement on Improving the Circumstances of Deprived Communities?: A Case Study of Kings Norton NDC Area in Birmingham, UK

Shinwon Kyung 1 Kim Yea Sung 2

1서울대학교
2국회입법조사처

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ABSTRACT

The concept of community involvement is now invoked as a ‘remedy’ for previous policy failures in Korea, but it is open to question whether community involvement, as a ‘new’ way to enable people to improve their lives, actually works in reality. In order to investigate the impact of community involvement in improving the circumstances of deprived communities, this research explores the New Deal for Communities(NDC) program in the UK, with particular reference to the case of the Kings Norton NDC area in Birmingham. The primary purpose is to understand how the UK government dealt with the problems in deprived neighborhoods through community involvement and consider how effective the same problem-solving strategies might be if applied in Korea. Despite the level of resources and interventions, the community and social capital indicators in the Kings Norton NDC area showed modest improvements. However, the residents involved in activities organized by the Kings Norton partnership had more positive changes than others did not engaged in any activities at all. It is worth noting that the NDC program possibly gave the most disadvantaged people in England the opportunity to move to a better pathway in life, which would ultimately lead them to become active citizens.

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