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Emotional engagement in strategic partnerships : grassroots organising in a tobacco control partnership in the North East of England.

Heckler, S. and Russell, A. (2008) 'Emotional engagement in strategic partnerships : grassroots organising in a tobacco control partnership in the North East of England.', Evidence & policy : a journal of research, debate and practice., 4 (4). pp. 331-354.

Abstract

Multi-agency partnerships are often regarded as crucial for the planning and delivery of public health initiatives. A number of evaluative frameworks stress governance, structure and management as the fundamental factors contributing to partnership success. However, ethnographic research into the multi-agency partnership that sets the strategic direction for tobacco control in the North East of England revealed emotional engagement and positive personal relationships, factors that have largely been overlooked in the relevant literature, to be more important. The partnership coordinators have successfully used a model developed by grassroots organisers in the international tobacco control movement to create an environment where positive affect and mutual liking develop and underpin a dynamic and productive partnership. In some cases, this grassroots model directly contradicts the advice of partnership tools and analyses, but has proved highly effective in engaging with professionals.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:The attached file is the author’s post-print version. The publisher requests that this version is not to be cited.
Keywords:Partnership, Tobacco control, Workplace emotion, Public health, Grassroots organising.
Full text:PDF - Accepted Version (338Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/174426408X366658
Publisher statement:This is a post-peer-review pre-copy edited version of an article published in Evidence and policy. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Heckler, S. and Russell, A. (2008) 'Emotional engagement in strategic partnerships : grassroots organising in a tobacco control partnership in the North East of England.', Evidence and policy., 4 (4). pp. 331-354 is available online at: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/tpp/ep/2008/00000004/00000004/art00004
Record Created:18 May 2010 11:21
Last Modified:18 Oct 2010 16:57

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