The Limits of Joined-up Government: Towards a Political Analysis

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Show simple item record Davies, Jonathan S. en 2012-06-11T15:13:53Z 2012-06-11T15:13:53Z 2009
dc.identifier.citation Davies, J.S. (2009) The limits of joined-up government: towards a political analysis. Public Administration, 87(1), pp. 80-96. en
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dc.description.abstract Joined-up government has featured prominently in the New Labour agenda. However, the politics of joining-up remain under-explored, with disproportionate emphasis on the technical and managerial dimensions of the challenge. This paper argues that political value conflicts form an essential part of the explanation for the replication of ‘silos’ within city strategic partnerships, the joining-up institution of choice at the local scale. A study of the local politics of social inclusion in Dundee and Hull revealed a strong partnership ethos. However, this ethos sustained only a shallow consensus over abstract goals, at the same time legitimating the avoidance of political value conflicts. Thematic partnerships comprising interest group clusters with different political values therefore tended to replicate silo practices. The paper argues, consequently, that the consensual partnership ethos caused the displacement of value conflicts, in turn causing fragmented governance. The paper concludes with three propositions for further research. en
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dc.publisher Wiley en
dc.subject joined-up government partnership en
dc.title The Limits of Joined-up Government: Towards a Political Analysis en
dc.type Article en
dc.researchgroup Local Governance Research Unit en
dc.peerreviewed Yes en
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