The best of times; the worst of times: community-sector advocacy in the age of 'compacts'

John Casey, Bronwen Dalton

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    Abstract

    The recent introduction of written 'compacts' between government and community services organisations (CSOs) in Australia offers the promise of meaningful co-production of policy. However, recent research has highlighted that many in the community sector continue to perceive that there are significant constraints on their capacity to engage in advocacy. This paper examines the impact of the current governance regimes on the Australian community sector and explores the dimensions of these perceived constraints. The paper argues that both government and community sectors must make concessions and adjustments. Governments must accept that the use of contracting monopolies to stifle advocacy has weakened their capacity to deliver responsive services, while community organisations must accept that new governance regimes require new modes of participation in the policy process.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBeyond Fragmented Government
    Subtitle of host publicationGovernance in the Public Sector
    EditorsAnona Armstrong
    Place of PublicationMelbourne, VIC
    PublisherCentre for International Corporate Governance
    Pages1-22
    Number of pages22
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    EventBeyond Fragmented Government: Governance in the Public Sector Conference - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    Duration: 15 Aug 200517 Aug 2005

    Conference

    ConferenceBeyond Fragmented Government: Governance in the Public Sector Conference
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    Period15/08/0517/08/05

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