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Contracting for social cohesion: Can Local Area Agreements make a difference?

Andrews, Rhys ORCID:, Downe, James ORCID: and Guarneros-Meza, Valeria 2014. Contracting for social cohesion: Can Local Area Agreements make a difference? Policy and Politics 42 (4) , pp. 477-493. 10.1332/030557312X655657

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Under the Labour government, Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs) in England were responsible for the delivery of Local Area Agreements (LAAs) – agreed targets between central and local government. This paper uses statistical techniques and local authority case studies to explore the impact of LAAs on LSPs’ efforts to promote social cohesion. The results suggest that LSPs with an LAA for social cohesion experienced a better rate of improvement in community cohesiveness than those without, and that tougher targets resulted in stronger improvement. The impact of changes in LSPs approaches to promoting social cohesion appears to be responsible for this finding.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Uncontrolled Keywords: local government; empirical analysis; partnership; Social cohesion; targets
Publisher: Policy Press
ISSN: 0305-5736
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2023 16:48

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