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The grit in the oyster: community development workers in a modernizing local authority

Banks, S.; Orton, A.

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This article offers a brief overview of the challenges facing UK local authorities, including the need to enhance public participation in decision making and service delivery, improve service performance and increase partnership working. It explores the potential contribution of community development work to meeting these challenges, drawing on a case study of one UK county council. The essential tensions and conflicts in the role of community development workers in a local authority are highlighted, showing how the modernization process introduced by the New Labour government is adding further layers of complexity and ambiguity.

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Banks, S., & Orton, A. (2007). The grit in the oyster: community development workers in a modernizing local authority. Community Development Journal, 42(1), 97-113. https://doi.org/10.1093/cdj/bsi074

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2007-01
Deposit Date Mar 21, 2007
Publicly Available Date Jan 19, 2017
Journal Community Development Journal
Print ISSN 0010-3802
Electronic ISSN 1468-2656
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 42
Issue 1
Pages 97-113
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/cdj/bsi074
Keywords Community development, Local authorities, Modernisation of public services.
Publisher URL http://cdj.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/bsi074?ijkey=ymWERhv1J4JCTzz&keytype=ref

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This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Community development journal following peer review. The version of record Banks, S. & Orton, A. (2007). The grit in the oyster: community development workers in a modernizing local authority. Community Development Journal 42(1): 97-113 is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cdj/bsi074







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