Book News: June 29th, 2004

By H Russell.This practical report identifies lessons for good practice which have influenced Local Strategic Partnerships. It focuses on the structures and processes of strategic partnerships seen in the context of change management, and on the need to combine an action-oriented approach with appropriate reflective processes. Using case study examples, the report demonstrates what works in effective strategic partnerships and highlights the implications for partner organisations and the role of government. Each of seven elements (shared values, strategy, structure, systems, style, staff and skills) is presented as a significant ingredient of change. Together they provide a model for examining the interactions of the different dimensions of partnership. The report also illustrates the factors that drive or inhibit change. It will be helpful to those with an interest in regeneration and governance working at national, regional and local levels, and those involved in the development of partnerships.

Published by Policy Press for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. ISBN 1-86134-370-124. 13.95. pounds. Available from Marston Book Services Ltd. Tel: 01235 465500