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Social Policy Review 28Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2016$
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Menno Fenger, John Hudson, and Catherine Needham

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447331797

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447331797.001.0001

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The Troubled Families Programme: in, for and against the state?

The Troubled Families Programme: in, for and against the state?

(p.127) Seven The Troubled Families Programme: in, for and against the state?
Social Policy Review 28

Stephen Crossley

Policy Press

This chapter examines the ways in which the Troubled Families Programme has been positioned by central government and by local authorities and practitioners. The reality of the programme is rather different from the runaway success story presented by government, positive outcomes often owing much to local officers’ negotiation and subversion of the programme. Discretion built into the programme has allowed subversion and resistance to occur, these transgressions occur under the radar and do little to trouble the national narrative of an assertive central government policy working successfully with troublesome families. This is significant, as the programme is considered by the Conservatives as a key example of how a smaller, smarter state might function.

Keywords:   Troubled Families Programme, local authorities, central government policy, Conservative, practitioners

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