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Managerialism meets community development: contracting for social inclusion?

Martin, Stephen James ORCID: and Turner, David N. 2004. Managerialism meets community development: contracting for social inclusion? Policy & Politics 32 (1) , pp. 21-32. 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
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
ISSN: 14708442
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 09:17

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