Policy Press

Partnerships, New Labour and the governance of welfare

Edited by Caroline Glendinning, Martin Powell and Kirstein Rummery


Jul 3, 2002

Page count

272 pages




234 x 156 mm


Policy Press
Partnerships, New Labour and the governance of welfare

Current policy encourages 'partnerships' - between statutory organisations and professionals; public and private sectors; with voluntary organisations and local communities. But is this collaborative discourse really as distinctive as the Labour Government claims? How far do contemporary partnerships exemplify an approach to governing which is based on networks (as distinct from hierarchies and markets)?

Partnerships, New Labour and the governance of welfare:

provides an up-to-date critical analysis of partnerships;

addresses the highly topical theme of 'partnerships' as the means of achieving joined-up government;

presents empirical evidence from a wide range of welfare partnerships;

examines the relationships between local welfare partnerships and the management of those partnerships by central government;

reveals the imbalance of power which characterises many contemporary partnerships.


It is essential reading for academics and students of contemporary social and public policy and for those with an interest in networks and other theories of welfare governance.

"The concept of 'partnership' assumes many different forms in the complext world of British social welfare. Martin Powell and his co-authors provide a clear and comprehensive account of the origins and many practical applications of this concept." Robert Pinker, Emeritus Professor of Social Administration, London School of Economics

Caroline Glendinning is Professor of Social Policy, National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, University of Manchester. She currently leads a programme of research on the development of partnerships between NHS and local authorities.

Martin Powell is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social and Policy Studies, University of Bath. Research interests include welfare theory, policy evaluation and health policy.

Kirstein Rummery is Lecturer at the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, University of Manchester. Research interests include citizenship and disabled and older people, access to care and partnerships between health and social care services.

Contents: Introduction Martin Powell and Caroline Glendinning; Partnerships, quasi-networks and social policy ~ Martin Powell and Mark Exworthy; Partnership and the remaking of welfare governance ~ John Clarke and Caroline Glendinning; What is a 'successful' partnership and how can it be measured? ~ Bob Hudson and Brian Hardy; Partnership at the front line: the WellFamily service and primary care ~ Karen Clarke and Kirstein Rummery; Building capacity for collaboration in English Health Action Zones ~ Marian Barnes and Helen Sullivan; Partnerships for local governance: citizens, communities and accountability ~ Guy Daly and Howard Davis; Partnerships with the voluntary sector: can Compacts work? ~ Pete Alcock and Duncan Scott; Dangerous liaisons: local government and the voluntary and community sectors ~ Gary Craig and Marilyn Taylor; 'Together we'll crack it': partnership and the governance of crime prevention ~ Gordon Hughes and Eugene McLaughlin; Regeneration partnerships under New Labour: a case of creeping centralisation ~ Jonathan S. Davies; Education Action Zones ~ Marny Dickson, Sharon Gewirtz, David Halpin, Sally Power and Geoff Whitty; Public-private partnerships - the case of PFI ~ Sally Ruane; Public-private partnerships in pensions policies ~ Sue Ward; Towards a theory of welfare partnerships ~ Kirstein Rummery.

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