Joint Planning across the Health/Social Services Boundary since 1946

Bridgen, P. (2003) Joint Planning across the Health/Social Services Boundary since 1946 Local Government Studies, 29, (3), pp. 17-31. (doi:10.1080/03003930308559377).


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This article reviews the development of post-war policy on the joint planning of health and social services for older people in the context of broader theoretical ideas about inter-organisational collaboration. It identifies the lack of organisational homogeneity and the absence of domain consensus across the health/social services boundary as the main obstacles to progress. However, the article hrther suggests that, if these problems are to be properly understood, the broader policy context within which joint planning took place must also be investigated. In this regard, the article suggests that central government's attempts to encourage joint planning since the 1960s have repeatedly been hampered by distrust among local agencies of its more general policy intentions in this area.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/03003930308559377
ISSNs: 0300-3930 (print)
ePrint ID: 39780
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August 2003Published
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 21:54
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