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PartnershipsMachines of possibility$
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Niels Akerstrom Andersen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420268

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420268.001.0001

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Articulating partnerships

Articulating partnerships

(p.31) Two Articulating partnerships

Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen

Policy Press

Partnerships represent a semantics, that is, a reservoir of concepts that are currently available to an organisation for the description of and communication about interorganisational relations. This chapter discusses semantic analysis, which focuses on how a partnership is formed as a concept, including the relation between concept and counterconcept. It presents examples of articulation of partnerships. The first example is the report, the social partnership which points to a social challenge that cuts across the difference between marketplace, civil society, and state. The report created a link between the fate of the weakest in society and the fate of private companies. The second example addresses partnerships between voluntary organisations and public authorities from the perspective of voluntary organisations. The third concerns partnerships between different voluntary organisations across the boundary of developing countries and industrialised nations, with financial support from the Danish state. The last example is the description by the consultancy AS/3 of its vision for itself in a partnership with the National Labour Market Authority and the public employment exchange in a municipality.

Keywords:   partnership, semantics, communication, concept, articulation, society, organisation

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