Partnership and Public Policy: The Importance of Bridging Theory and Practice

  • Sylvain Giguère
  • Mark Considine


When it first appeared, partnership seemed to be a temporary phenomenon on the margins of public policy. For some time, it was mainly associated with tackling severe local problems, and many assumed it would disappear once prosperity returned. Later it became associated with ‘public–private’ infrastructure contracts before being used more widely as an institutional framework for engaging multiple stakeholders in on-going forms of shared responsibility. Now we recognise that this is a phenomenon whose moment has come and whose attractiveness to policy makers is unlikely to diminish so long as complex problems demand critical responses.


Labour Market Civil Society Employment Service Labour Market Policy Local Governance 
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  • Mark Considine

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