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Fostering community engagement and tackling undeclared work: The case for an evidence-based 'joined-up' public policy approach


  • Colin Williams


Williams C. C. (2005) Fostering community engagement and tackling undeclared work: the case for an evidence-based 'joined-up' public policy approach, Regional Studies 39 , 1145-1155. Examining two realms of public policy treated as unrelated by academics and policy-makers, namely fostering community engagement (and social capital) and tackling undeclared work, it is here shown that in the UK, these spheres are only unconnected when considering the lives of populations in affluent areas. In deprived areas, where most community engagement occurs on a one-to-one basis and usually involves the exchange of cash for favours, undeclared work and community engagement are conjoined. To conclude, therefore, the paper explores how a 'joined-up' public policy approach could be achieved.

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  • Colin Williams, 2005. "Fostering community engagement and tackling undeclared work: The case for an evidence-based 'joined-up' public policy approach," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 39(8), pages 1145-1155.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:39:y:2005:i:8:p:1145-1155 DOI: 10.1080/00343400500328321

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    1. Friedrich Schneider, 2009. "Size and Development of the Shadow Economy in Germany, Austria and Other oecd-Countries. Some Preliminary Findings," Revue économique, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 60(5), pages 1079-1116.

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    Underground economy; Social capital; Deprived neighbourhoods; Community involvement; Economie noire; Valeur de l'interaction sociale; Voisinages defavorises; Engagement collectif; Untergrundwirtschaft; Sozialkapital; benachteiligte Wohngegenden; Gemeinschaftsengagement; Economia sumergida; Capital social; Comunidades marginadas; Participacion comunitaria; JEL classifications: I32; O17; R20; Z13;

    JEL classification:

    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements
    • R20 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - General
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification


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