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Civil Society Enterprise and local development

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Patsy Healey OBE


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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.

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Author(s): Healey P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Planning Theory and Practice

Year: 2015

Volume: 16

Issue: 1

Pages: 11-27

Online publication date: 26/01/2015

Acceptance date: 28/01/2014

ISSN (print): 1464-9357

ISSN (electronic): 1470-000X

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/14649357.2014.995212


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