Government-Community Partnerships: Rhetoric or Reality?

Brown, Kerry A., Gyde, Sharon, Renwick, Adele, & Walsh, Karyn J. (2003) Government-Community Partnerships: Rhetoric or Reality? Journal of Contemporary Issues in Business and Government, 9(1), pp. 56-62.


This paper will explore a community development project involving a peer support and advocacy network, Young Mothers for Young Women, to determine the challenges and barriers in the management of government-community sector partnerships. Young Mothers for Young Women has identified models of practice and policies that can make a difference to how services and young women engage with society. However, passing this information through the chain of relationships both within the community and government sector has proven to be problematic. The impact of competitive tendering, the complexity of the way in which government-community sector relationships are constructed, the practices of government in terms of policy making processes, and the issues surrounding the ownership of intellectual property will be examined. This paper will share some of the experiences, the learnings and possible ways of improving relationships so as to achieve better community and individual outcomes through informed policy and practice in the government and community sectors for people seeking assistance. Government-community partnerships offer an opportunity for community development and shifting power relations between government and community groups to a power-sharing partnership. However, if these relations are managed poorly or fail to promote development and empowerment, they may further entrench existing inequalities.

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ID Code: 4812
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Government, Community Relations, Partnerships, Public Sector
ISSN: 1323-6903
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Policy (160510)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Curtin Business School, CUT
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 15 Aug 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:00

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