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Contract or Trust? The role of compacts in local governance

Craig, Gary; Taylor, Marilyn; Bloor, Kate; Wilkinson, Mick; Syed, Alia; Monro, Surya


Gary Craig

Marilyn Taylor

Kate Bloor

Alia Syed

Surya Monro


The changing nature of the relationship between the state and the voluntary and community sectors (VCS) has been a feature in the development of social welfare in many countries over recent. In the UK, as elsewhere, the move away from state provision towards a welfare market has changed the welfare mix and given voluntary and community organisations (VCOs) a greater role in service delivery. More recently, an emphasis on ‘partnership’ has signalled the growing importance of VCOs in both developing and implementing policy. But studies of partnership – either in the welfare market (the ‘so-called’ contract culture) or in new forms of governance – have suggested that the state’s new working relationships with the VCS, rather than being collaborative in the way that partnering suggests, can be very instrumental, reflecting a continued imbalance of power.


Craig, G., Taylor, M., Bloor, K., Wilkinson, M., Syed, A., & Monro, S. (2002). Contract or Trust? The role of compacts in local governance. Bristol: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Report Type Research Report
Publication Date Jan 1, 2002
Deposit Date Jul 3, 2024
Publisher Policy Press
Pages 48
ISBN 1861343795
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