Prospects for local co-governance

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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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
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Deposited On:30 Jul 2010 13:39

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