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Laurent Dobuzinskis and Michael Howlett

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447334910

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447334910.001.0001

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Transforming governance patterns: challenges and opportunities for voluntary sector policy capacity

Transforming governance patterns: challenges and opportunities for voluntary sector policy capacity

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(p.318) Fifteen Transforming governance patterns: challenges and opportunities for voluntary sector policy capacity
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Policy Analysis in Canada
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Rachel Laforest

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447334910.003.0015

Governance dynamics such as contracting, partnerships, networks and privatization have transformed the policy system into complex mix of networks and providers from the public, private and voluntary sectors. This chapter examines how voluntary organizations are contributing to policy in this new governance context and whether they have the policy capacity to sustain that contribution. The integration and realignment of service delivery systems holds great promise for voluntary organizations to balance their service delivery role with the democratic role of representation (which has too often been neglected over the years). User-centred and place-based models legitimize experiential evidence recognises the importance of the representation of interests in the very design and evaluation of programs. The challenge will continue to be the lack of stable and sustainable financing sources to support the capacity of voluntary organizations.

Keywords:   voluntary sector, governance, delivery models, advocacy, policy analysis

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