Debate: against collaboration

Pell, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-1504-2129, 2016. Debate: against collaboration. Local Government Studies, 36 (1), pp. 4-5. ISSN 0300-3930

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This article argues that collaboration should not be a policy goal of government. Collaboration does not solve the problem of fragmented services. Focusing on collaboration wastes money, fosters compliance and creates a new layer of bureaucracy. Meanwhile, the true cause of fragmented services goes unaddressed.

Collaboration has been a policy goal of the UK government since the election of Labour in 1997. It has become a central feature of policy initiatives, cross-agency funding and performance-reporting regimes.

As Huxham (Citation1996) notes, there is little consensus about what the term ‘collaboration’ means, either in theory or in practice. I use the term here to describe inter-organizational relationships in public services funded or mandated by central government. I make eight charges against government-funded collaboration.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Local Government Studies
Creators: Pell, C.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2016
Volume: 36
Number: 1
ISSN: 0300-3930
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 24 Jul 2023 13:41
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2023 13:41

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