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Subversive citizensPower, agency and resistance in public services$
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Marian Barnes and David Prior

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422088

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422088.001.0001

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Managerialism subverted? Exploring the activity of youth justice practitioners

Managerialism subverted? Exploring the activity of youth justice practitioners

(p.155) Ten Managerialism subverted? Exploring the activity of youth justice practitioners
Subversive citizens

Nathan Hughes

Policy Press

This chapter looks at the tension between the development and implementation of policy, both in the macro-management of government and in the interaction of a diverse range of professionals, which guided the study of the implementation of a Bail Support and Supervision (BSS) Scheme within one Youth Offending Team. It explores how this policy's intended aims are interpreted by two key local stakeholder groups. The official aims and guidance associated with this policy represent just one of three competing perspectives and influences on the development of BSS policy within the locality, as the intended outcomes of the initiative are challenged and the processes and procedures designed to control its functioning are either ignored or resisted. The chapter thus provides an illustrative example of the complex processes through which centralised, managerialist policy can be resisted and subverted by those charged with its implementation.

Keywords:   criminal justice, BSS, stakeholder groups, bail support, managerialist policy

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