By Gary Craig, Marilyn Taylor, Mick Wilkinson and Kate Bloor with Surya MunroRelationships between local and central government and voluntary and community organizations have been controversial for some time, and particularly since the introduction of the ‘contract culture’ during the 1980s. New Labour now argues that it wishes to develop a ‘partnership culture’ in which the voluntary sector is a major partner. New local partnerships, or compacts, of varying kinds are now being developed across the UK, involving a range of local public agencies including councils, health bodies and Learning and Skills Councils. This report is the first national evaluation of how this new approach to partnership working is being implemented at a local level.
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