Author Archives: catherinedurose

Performing governance

I have spent recent years researching various aspects of collaboration in public and social policy and have been struck by a number of observations which seem puzzling. Partnership, collaboration, integration (or whatever we currently call it) seems to continue to … Continue reading

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The future for citizen-run services

Researchers and practitioners met at the University of Birmingham on 9-10 June 2011 for the first seminar of series funded by the Economic and Social Research Council on ‘third party government’. A slightly ambiguous term which nonetheless draws the attention … Continue reading

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More bang for your green buck: green income generation for local government

The outlook for the public sector at the end of 2010 was not good: the UK has slid into a serious recession, which combined with the banking crisis, has led to a budgetary crisis in the public finances not seen … Continue reading

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Community action works! Levenshulme Baths saved!

As part of the current Coalition government’s deficit reduction strategy, October’s Comprehensive Spending Review handed local government the toughest financial settlements across the public sector. This budget cut was passed down to local authorities with Manchester City Council receiving one of … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Localism Bill: Putting the ‘government’ back into in Local Government?

The Bill hasn’t been around for long, but it is already time to take a step back and look at the big picture. Is the Localism Bill a refreshing, new approach by government based on trust and confidence in local … Continue reading

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Is regeneration dead?

In the recent financial settlement for local government, many urban authorities have been hard hit by the removal of specific grants for regeneration. The tail end of the New Labour administration saw an erosion of faith in holistic regeneration initiatives … Continue reading

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‘Big Society’: over before it begins?

In the last week, three incidents have highlighted the precarious state of the Tory-led Coalition government’s aspiration for the ‘Big Society’: First, Lord Wei – a life peer with an unpaid role in the Cabinet Office as ‘Big Society Tsar’ … Continue reading

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Opening up politics: diversity in representation

Despite some progress over the last thirty years, following the 2010 General Election, national politics remains highly unrepresentative of the population with only 22 per cent of MPs are women and 4 per cent from an ethnic minority.  The ‘archetype’ of a politician … Continue reading

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Citizen participation: building consensus or facilitating conflict?

Involving the community as a means of resolving seemingly intractable ‘wicked’ policy problems is now a long-standing pre-occupation of government not only in the UK, but across developed democracies. These objectives are underpinned by a positive view of community as … Continue reading

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NHS reform: the gloves are off!

The Coalition government’s health reforms are moving ahead at speed, despite the reservations of NHS staff, trade unions and academics. Make no mistake, these are large scale reforms, and compare with the great (and very unsuccessful) reorganisation of 1974, the … Continue reading

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