Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Social Sciences Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The Theory and Practice of Welfare Partnerships: The Case of the Cultural Sector
Author(s): McCall, Vikki
Rummery, Kirstein
Contact Email:
Keywords: Partnerships
Issue Date: Jan-2017
Citation: McCall V & Rummery K (2017) The Theory and Practice of Welfare Partnerships: The Case of the Cultural Sector, Social Policy and Administration, 51 (1), pp. 56-75.
Abstract: Partnership working in the welfare state has moved from the margins to the mainstream in terms of achieving policy objectives. Drawing on interdisciplinary theoretical and empirical developments in the field, this article presents a framework for analyzing welfare partnerships that give precedence to the issues of trust and interdependence. This article presents findings from a study of local authority museum services in Scotland, England and Wales to test this framework. A series of case studies revealed that partnerships have been driven by a number of factors including policy, power, funding and people. Partnerships could gain services credibility, but trust and interdependence were compromised by conflictual and unequal relationships. Partnerships were often short term, lacked ongoing maintenance plans and limited by their type of funding. The article proposes that further analysis of the level of individual agency at ground level be considered when thinking about partnerships in the cultural sector.
DOI Link:
Rights: This item has been embargoed for a period. During the embargo please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: McCall, V., and Rummery, K. (2017) The Theory and Practice of Welfare Partnerships: The Case of the Cultural Sector. Social Policy & Administration, 51: 56–75, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
The theory and practice of welfare partnerships.pdf392.59 kBAdobe PDFUnder Embargo until 2018-11-05    Request a copy

Note: If any of the files in this item are currently embargoed, you can request a copy directly from the author by clicking the padlock icon above. However, this facility is dependent on the depositor still being contactable at their original email address.

This item is protected by original copyright

Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.