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Making Local Governance Work : Networks, Relationships and the Management of Change - Sue Goss

Making Local Governance Work

Networks, Relationships and the Management of Change

By: Sue Goss

Paperback Published: 14th May 2001
ISBN: 9780333917886
Number Of Pages: 224
For Ages: 9+ years old

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New forms of local governance require new ways of working, and in this important new book, Sue Goss assesses the nature of the challenge and how individuals and organizations have responded. Drawing on a wide range of political and management theory and research and her own extensive experience, she provides the clearest picture yet of the emergence of new "relationship organizations" and of their engagement with the new roles of citizens, public managers, and local politicians.

'...a powerful assessment of the demands made upon all the key players involved in local government and governance by a rapidly changing environment...' - Colin Copus, Institute for Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham, Local Government Studies

Lists of Tables, Figures and Boxesp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introduction - Making Local Governance Workp. 1
From Theory to practicep. 2
Making connections - new roles and relationshipsp. 3
The structure of the bookp. 6
Issues in Local Governancep. 11
From government to governancep. 11
Changing context - changing expectationsp. 15
The changing purpose of governancep. 17
Public valuep. 18
Legitimacy and accountabilityp. 21
Emerging roles for governance networksp. 24
What do we mean by local?p. 26
The emergence of the neighbourhoodp. 28
Centre, region, local and neighbourhoodp. 31
Local Governance and Communitiesp. 34
What is consultation for?p. 39
Who is consultation with?p. 41
Engaging with governmentp. 43
The nature of the relationshipp. 46
Response fatiguep. 49
The romance of civil societyp. 50
1960-2000: from community development to social capitalp. 52
Revisiting theoryp. 57
Exclusion and inequalityp. 59
Rules of engagementp. 61
The Relationship Organisationp. 63
Emerging organisational formsp. 64
Abandoning the machine metaphorp. 65
The recent past - evolving local authoritiesp. 67
Changes in other public organisationsp. 71
The importance of organisational formsp. 73
The limits to structural changep. 74
Systemsp. 75
Managing changep. 77
Opportunities and constraints - the inevitability of unintended consequencesp. 80
The creation of hybridsp. 82
The relationship organisationp. 84
The challenge of information technologyp. 87
New forms for public organisations?p. 87
Alternative models for local governance?p. 89
Networks and Partnershipsp. 91
Pressures towards cross-boundary workingp. 91
Experience elsewherep. 93
Are partnerships or networks working?p. 94
Practical solutions at the local levelp. 97
We've heard all this before ...p. 100
Making sense of cross-boundary workingp. 101
Systems thinkingp. 103
Underlying forces in partnership workingp. 105
Are we experiencing a paradigm shift?p. 112
Rules of engagement for partnershipsp. 113
Politics and Politiciansp. 117
The democratic deficitp. 118
Old town hall structuresp. 120
Changing the structures of local politicsp. 123
Real and imaginary structuresp. 126
Political systemsp. 128
Political culturep. 130
New roles and relationshipsp. 133
Real and imaginary community leadersp. 136
Why is Change so Hard?p. 138
Changing organisationsp. 141
The manager as herop. 141
The problem with culturep. 144
Attitudes, behaviour and identityp. 147
The public manager as hero?p. 148
The role of the professionalp. 149
The public servantp. 151
The emotionally committed workerp. 151
The specificity of the public servicep. 152
Multiple sources of power - multiple sources of identityp. 154
Learning and Unlearning in Public Organisationsp. 159
Management learning - from competent manager to explorerp. 159
Civic entrepreneurshipp. 161
Managing riskp. 162
Managing legitimacyp. 162
Professionalsp. 163
The limits to trainingp. 165
Theories of learningp. 166
Learning and unlearningp. 168
Learning organisationsp. 174
Network learningp. 178
Learning and Unlearning in Civil Societyp. 181
Political learningp. 181
New roles in governancep. 186
Learning in communitiesp. 189
Is there a new politics?p. 196
Conclusionp. 200
Emerging examples of practicep. 202
The need for diversityp. 207
Looking into the futurep. 207
The role of central government?p. 208
Bibliographyp. 211
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780333917886
ISBN-10: 033391788X
Series: Government Beyond the Centre
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 9+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 14th May 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1