Partnership working across public and private sectors

Tony Bovaird, Erik Hans Klijn

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This chapter explores the different types of partnership that work within and across public, private and third sectors, analyses their potential benefits and limitations and how collaborative they really are and identifies the key governance principles which underpin partnership working. It suggests that there are major advantages to partnership working in the public domain - but also some important dangers, so that it is likely that many partnerships will be seen in the future to have been inefficient, even unnecessary. Consequently, it is important to subject them to stringent tests of how well they comply with appropriate criteria of public governance, and strategic partnerships will have to learn to focus rather than trying to make partnerships cover all issues.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPublic Management and Governance
Subtitle of host publicationFourth Edition
PublisherTaylor and Francis AS
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781000951813
ISBN (Print)9781032253732
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023

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© 2024 selection and editorial matter, Tony Bovaird and Elke Loeffler; individual chapters, the contributors.

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