Somerville, Peter and Haines, Nathan (2008) Prospects for local co-governance. Local Government Studies, 34 (1). pp. 61-79. ISSN 0300-3930
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03003930701770488
British local authorities and their partners are increasingly developing new ways of working together with local communities. The nature of this co-working, however, is complex, multi-faceted and little understood. This article argues for greater clarity of thinking on the topic, by analysing this co-working as a form of political co-governance, and drawing attention in particular to issues of scale and democracy. Using evidence from a study of 43 local authority areas, 16 authorities are identified where co-governance is practised, following three main types of approach: service-influencing, service-delivering and parish council developing. It is concluded that strengthening political co-governance is essential for a healthy democracy.
|Keywords:||co-governance, local co-governance, local authority, political co-governance|
|Subjects:||L Social studies > L410 UK Social Policy|
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
|Divisions:||College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences|
|Deposited By:||Alison Wilson|
|Deposited On:||30 Jul 2010 13:39|
|Last Modified:||10 Mar 2014 12:36|
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