Voluntary Community Organizations in Government Agencies: Changing the Democratic Context Through New Types of Partnerships
Mandell, Myrna & Keast, Robyn L. (2007) Voluntary Community Organizations in Government Agencies: Changing the Democratic Context Through New Types of Partnerships. In 1th International Research Symposium of Public Management (IRSPM XI), 2 – 4 April, Potsdam, Germany.
The public sector has been faced with increasingly difficult challenges. Of particular
concern have been decreased budgets and a growing demand for more citizen
involvement. As a result, governments in a number of countries have had to look to form
new types of institutional arrangements such as partnerships with other sectors in order to
address these concerns. The voluntary and community sector has become one of these
partners. Voluntary and community organizations have now moved from the periphery
to the center of government policy and practice, particularly in respect to community
based and local government policy development and service delivery. This shift has
resulted in an expansion of the set of decision-makers and the creation of a new
democratic context. This is reflected in the literature in a number of ways. Of particular
relevance for this new role is the shift from government to governance and working
This paper provides an institutional framework for voluntary and community
organizations and others involved in these new types of relationships in order to better
inform them in dealing with their new roles. Highlighted are the ways that the
democratic context is impacted in terms of: the issues of power and control,
accountability issues, the need to build trust, and the need to build a commitment to a
new whole. In addition, the authors present challenges and opportunities for managers
and academics as a result of these new relationships. Included are: changing expectations
of government and voluntary and community organizations, the need for new types of
performance measures and the danger of a “shadow government”
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||Voluntary Community Organizations, Government, Partnerships|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500)
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research|
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2007 (please consult author)|
|Copyright Statement:||The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference’s web page (see link).|
|Deposited On:||03 Sep 2007|
|Last Modified:||05 Jan 2011 23:32|
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