Managerialism meets community development: contracting for social inclusion?

Turner, David and Martin, Steve (2004) Managerialism meets community development: contracting for social inclusion? Policy and Politics, 32 (1). pp. 21-32. doi:10.1332/030557304772860021

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The government-funded Neighbourhood Support Fund (NSF) programme, launched in March 2000, sought to tackle exclusion among disaffected young people in the most disadvantaged areas of England. NSF reflected a decisive policy shift - rejecting state-centric youth service provision in favour of direct funding of community-led initiatives. This article highlights important tensions between the government's aim of promoting innovative, community-based solutions and its emphasis on the rapid 'delivery' of tangible improvements. It raises questions about the capacity of local authorities and community-based groups to champion such initiatives. Early evidence suggests that implementing such a 'joined-up' approach requires a framework which is more conducive to collaboration between the statutory, voluntary and community sectors than that which currently exists.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: England; Administration of Urban Planning and Community and Rural Development; Other local, municipal and regional public administration; Administration of General Economic Programmes; Public Finance Activities; Community development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2014 11:04
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:25

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