Collaboration in Public Policy and Practice

Perspectives on Boundary Spanners

Paul Williams

Collaboration in Public Policy and Practice

Paul Williams

Distributed for Bristol University Press

180 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2012
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781847428479 Published March 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9781447300304 Published March 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Collaborative working is an established feature of the public, business and third sector environments, but its effectiveness can be hampered by complex structural and personal variants. This original book explores the influence of agency through the role of individual actors in collaborative working processes, known as boundary spanners. It examines the different aspects of the boundary spanner’s role and discusses the skills, abilities, and experience that are necessary. It will be of interest to academics, researchers and students interested in this field of study, and provides learning for policy makers and practitioners active in the fields of collaboration.
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About the author

1. Introduction
2. Policy context: intra and intersectoral collaboration
3. Structure and agency
4. The role and competencies of boundary spanners
5. Challenges in the boundary spanning role
6. Learning from the private sector
7. We are all boundary spanners now?
8. Implications for policy and practice
9. Reflections and conclusion

Review Quotes
"An important contribution toward understanding collaboration."
Bob Hudson, Durham University

"Partnership working has long been the holy grail of public services delivery but has been addressed by endless structural reconfigurations. In this excellent book on the role and nature of ’boundary spanners’, Williams shifts the focus onto the people who really make partnerships work effectively."

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