This extensive review of urban policy explores the interaction of urban policy with changing perspectives on urban life and social welfare. * An extensive review of urban policy since the 1960s. * Examines a broad range of issues, such as race, economic regeneration and competitiveness, managing dangerous places, community and managerialism. * The theme-based structure provides a new and innovative approach to the subject. * Written in a clear, accessible style with pedagogic features to appeal to students from a range of disciplines.