Abstracts: July 12th, 1999

Essex T
The International Journal of Public Sector Management, (UK), Vol 11 No 7. Start page: 622. No of pages: 28

Explores dependencies existing between voluntary service providers and UK local government statutory bodies, e.g. Social Services, regarding informal partnership and the more formal purchaser/vendor relationship. Uses documentary research, firstly to explore the history and development of joint statutory/voluntary relationships from the last century to the situation today. Finds no evidence of lessons being learned. Then looks at joint planning for community care, noting progress and problems. Turns to contracting policy and its impact, noting voluntary sector complaints regarding consequential processes, e.g. contract negotiation. Sets that against an increasing level of engagement via contracts. Considers also dependency and inter-dependency views. Researches three London local governments to explore linkage between joint planning and contracting, and perceptions regarding dependency and inter-dependency. Presents interview results summarised as a matrix, with quotes from respondents to illustrate points. Discusses the differences found between the three sites. Thinks two factors influence the voluntary sector players’ perceptions of dependency and inter-dependency: a strong voluntary sector infrastructure and strong inter-agency joint planning. Intends to explore this further through work with other local governments.

Subject(s): LOCAL GOVERNMENT, CHANNEL RELATIONS, VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATIONS, JOINT VENTURES, ALLIANCES, CONTRACTING OUT, PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Database: AFA: Accounting & Finance Abstracts
Style: Case study, Comparative/evaluation
ISSN: 0951-3558. Reference: 28AC570

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