Despite a recent surge in the UK in 'sustainable communities'
policy discourse, many community-led sustainability initiatives
remain fragmented and disconnected from local government
strategies. How can community- and government-led sustainability
initiatives be better integrated?
With particular reference to Stroud, England and Cardiff, Wales, this paper
explores the twin processes of disconnection and connection between
community activists and local state actors. It concludes
that for community
activists and policy-makers alike, there are many
mutual benefits to co-production.