Collaborative governance of ageing: challenges for local government in partnering with the seniors' sector

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Everingham, Jo-Anne, Cuthill, Michael, Warburton, Jeni and Bartlett, Helen. 2012. "Collaborative governance of ageing: challenges for local government in partnering with the seniors' sector." Local Government Studies. 38 (2), pp. 161-181. https://doi.org/10.1080/03003930.2011.615834
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Collaborative governance of ageing: challenges for local government in partnering with the seniors' sector

ERA Journal ID18907
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsEveringham, Jo-Anne (Author), Cuthill, Michael (Author), Warburton, Jeni (Author) and Bartlett, Helen (Author)
Journal TitleLocal Government Studies
Journal Citation38 (2), pp. 161-181
Number of Pages21
Year2012
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0300-3930
1743-9388
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/03003930.2011.615834
Web Address (URL)http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/flgs20/38/2
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ABSTRACT This paper considers the role local government plays in the formation and effectiveness of local collaborative partnerships in ageing well. Collaborative
processes are central to emerging models of local governance and have received considerable practical and theoretical consideration with respect to many policy
domains. Such collaborations require local organisations and actors from various sectors to work together in partnerships and networks to achieve policy goals. This
paper reports research from two collaborations in southeast Queensland municipalities, and shows that joint efforts between local government and community organisations pose challenges. These relate to the political context and specifically to the tensions between flexibility and coordination; and tensions between harnessing
community resources and investing resources. We highlight the value of a framing role for local government to ensure that such governance models for local action on
ageing realise a collaborative advantage. In particular, the findings highlight the need for local government to invest in these processes and build social infrastructure
and assets in order to develop improved ways of facilitating collaborative governance.

Keywordscollaboration, partnerships, networks, ageing, urban governance
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440712. Social policy
440709. Public policy
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland
La Trobe University
Monash University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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