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Positioned on the margins of formal government agencies and sometimes even beyond theirpurview, civil society initiatives in Western Europe are playing an expanding role in theprovision of services and in local development at the present time, as formal governmentreorganises and retreats. Drawing on personal experience in a local development trust in arelatively remote rural area in England, I consider three questions: “What creates and sustainssuch initiatives?”, “How do they build governance capacity?”, and “How can their activities berendered legitimate?” In conclusion, and drawing on this specific experience, I consider theextent to which such enterprises are pioneering new ways of doing governance work and creatingpublic value, their future sustainability, and their potential for enriching democracy. Finally,I suggest some directions on which future research might focus.
Author(s): Healey P
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Planning Theory and Practice
Online publication date: 26/01/2015
Acceptance date: 28/01/2014
ISSN (print): 1464-9357
ISSN (electronic): 1470-000X
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