'What counts is what works'? New Labour and partnerships in public health

Neil Perkins, Katherine Smith, David J. Hunter, Clare Bambra, Kerry Joyce

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Partnership working has been a central feature of New Labour's approach to the delivery of health and social policy since 1997. A number of partnership-based initiatives have centred on reducing health inequalities and improving health. This article reports on the findings from a systematic review of the impact of partnership working on public health, and considers whether these partnerships have delivered better health outcomes for local/target populations. It finds that there is little evidence that partnerships have produced better health outcomes for local/target populations or reduced health inequalities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-117
Number of pages17
JournalPolicy and Politics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • health inequalities
  • partnership
  • public health

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