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The politics of partnerships: A study of police and housing collaboration to tackle anti-social behaviour on Australian public housing estates

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Jacobs, K (2010) The politics of partnerships: A study of police and housing collaboration to tackle anti-social behaviour on Australian public housing estates. Public Administration, 88 (4). pp. 928-942. ISSN 1467-9299

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Abstract

This paper draws on the findings from a recent research project on partnership arrangements between the police and housing departments to tackle problems associated with illicit drug activity and anti-social behaviour (ASB) on three Australian public housing estates. The analysis focused on the setting up of the partnerships and the interactions that followed from these institutional arrangements. The assumption that informs the paper is that there is a need for a more critically framed analysis when studying partnerships. The temptation to posit ‘a successful model’ of what partnership entails and then judge practices in relation to this model is considerable, but it inevitably falls into the trap of constructing a narrative of partnership success or failure in terms of individual agency (i.e. the degree of commitment from individuals). The analysis undertaken in this paper has therefore sought to fathom a more complex set of organisational processes. Rather than confine the discussion to issues of success and failure, the study foregrounds the subjective accounts of individuals who work within partnership and the constraints they encounter. The paper therefore makes explicit the cultural tensions within and across agencies, contestation as to the extent of the policy ‘problem’ and the divergent perspectives on the appropriate modes of intervention.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: housing policy, public sector partnerships
Journal or Publication Title: Public Administration
Page Range: pp. 928-942
ISSN: 1467-9299
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2010.01851.x
Additional Information: The definitive published version is available online at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2010 22:24
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:13
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/10291
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