Co-governance or Meta-Bureaucracy? Perspectives of local governance ‘partnership’ in England and Scotland

Fenwick, John, Johnston Miller, Karen and McTavish, Duncan (2010) Co-governance or Meta-Bureaucracy? Perspectives of local governance ‘partnership’ in England and Scotland. In: Political Studies Association Annual Conference, 29 March - 1 April 2010, Edinburgh, UK.

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Abstract

This paper assesses the nature and practice of local partnership working in England and Scotland. Within the multi-agency context of governance, the discussion considers whether local partnerships constitute active co governance or a new form of meta-bureaucracy. Using original case-study evidence from English and Scottish local partnership areas, the paper examines partnership working through the lens of the four theses of governance. It finds little to suggest that English and Scottish practice is significantly at variance, and advances an argument that state actors remain pre-eminent within increasingly formalised systems of partnership and co- governance.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Corporate and Executive Development
Depositing User: Helen Pattison
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2012 15:41
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:04
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/8681

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