Promoting ‘strategic’ working within area based and thematic Social Inclusion Partnerships in Scotland.

MacPherson, Suzi (2006) Promoting ‘strategic’ working within area based and thematic Social Inclusion Partnerships in Scotland. Local Economy, 21 (2). pp. 180-196. ISSN 1470 9325

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Fundamental to the historical development of partnership working as an approach to managing neighbourhood regeneration has been a concern to promote `strategic' working practices. However, there has been a distinct lack of conceptual clarity within both policy and practice over the meaning of `strategic' working within local partnerships. This paper outlines three broad conceptual approaches to understanding `strategic' working as: a plan of action, as changing organisational practices, and as multi-level organisational collaboration. Drawing on data from Social Inclusion Partnerships in Scotland the paper explores the relevance of these three approaches to strategic working to the practices of these Partnerships. The paper highlights that, contrary to a policy rhetoric promoting organisational change and collaboration, a relatively limited outputs focus has dominated regeneration practice. With pressure on SIPs to spend time-limited budgets and fill gaps in services, a tension emerges between the goals of delivering services and co-ordinating the activities of partner agencies. It is argued here that it is challenging for these localised Partnerships to try to take on both of these goals simultaneously. It is recommended that a more realistic approach is taken with regard to the potential role played by local regeneration partnerships in being `strategic'

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1470 9325
Uncontrolled Keywords: strategic working; regeneration; partnership working; Social Inclusion partnerships; Scotland;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Employment Research Institute
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & social services > 361 Social problems & social welfare in general
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 331 Labor economics
600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations > 658 General management
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Item ID: 2119
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2008 10:50
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2013 15:43

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