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dc.contributor.advisorShannon, Pat
dc.contributor.authorWalker, Peter Een_NZ
dc.identifier.citationWalker, P. E. (2007). For better or for worse ... : a case study analysis of social services partnerships in Aotearoa/New Zealand (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy). University of Otago. Retrieved from
dc.description.abstractPartnerships between organizations are seen as one of the building blocks of the 'Third Way' approach to welfare provision both in Europe and in New Zealand. While there is much discussion of this emphasis on building social capital and working in partnerships these partnerships are usually perceived as being between government and community or private organizations as part of a new phase of neo-liberalism. Using qualitative research this thesis explores three partnership sites: Those within a Māori social service provider, Te Whanau Arohanui, and the local Hapu and State organisations; that between the Ngai Tahu Māori Law Centre (an indigenous organization) and the Dunedin Community Law Centre; and finally the State lead Strengthening Families partnership initiative. This thesis is concerned with the development of citizen participation in public policy decision-making through partnerships. While contemporary studies of policy change have identified stakeholder and actor-network forms as dominant these often seem even less democratic, participatory, accountable and transparent than those they have supposedly replaced. I draw on ideas of deliberative governance to explore options for both the theory and practice of sustainable, permanent and participatory policy change in an age of diversity. I suggest that the practice of Community Development is needed to supplement descriptive and post-facto accounts of policy change and so create a usable practice theory of effective mechanisms for participatory input. Using a series of case studies of partnerships, a tentative practice theory and strategy for change is proposed. This is set within an interactive framework that is able to confront levels of power to encourage diversity and participation in decision-making from bottom-up initiatives.en_NZ
dc.publisherUniversity of Otagoen_NZ
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dc.subjectpublic welfareen_NZ
dc.subjectNew Zealanden_NZ
dc.subjectsocial servicesen_NZ
dc.subjectsocial conditionsen_NZ
dc.subjectTe Whanau Arohanui Trusten_NZ
dc.subjectDunedin Community Law Centreen_NZ
dc.subjectNgai Tahu Maori Law Centreen_NZ
dc.subjectTreaty of Waitangien_NZ
dc.titleFor better or for worse ... : a case study analysis of social services partnerships in Aotearoa/New Zealanden_NZ
dc.typeThesisen_NZ of Social Work and Community Developmenten_NZ of Philosophyen_NZ of Otagoen_NZ Thesesen_NZ
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