The challenges of police-community collaboration: Identity manoeuvres and power struggles in a neighbourhood based meeting

Anita Mangan, Robyn Thomas, Annette Davies, Roz Gasper

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Abstract

The turn to collaborative governance is a key feature of the New Public Governance environment in many Western economies. Within the UK, successive governments have mandated policing organizations to engage in public service partnerships and collaborate with communities. This paper examines one such collaborative arrangement, namely, neighbourhood public meetings. Drawing on a theoretical framing of the dynamic relationship between identities, agency and power, we critically explore how individuals seek to persuade, defend and legitimate their values, beliefs and practices in collaborative situations. The paper provides a nuanced exploration of the challenges of collaboration for both public servants and community members.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1353-1373
Number of pages21
JournalPublic Management Review
Volume20
Issue number9
Early online date2 Oct 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018

Structured keywords

  • MGMT Work Organisation and Public Policy

Keywords

  • Citizen participation
  • collaboration
  • discourse
  • identity
  • police

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