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'Joined-up' government: an integrated response to communal violence in Northern Ireland?

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Knox, CG (2003) 'Joined-up' government: an integrated response to communal violence in Northern Ireland? Policy & Politics, 31 (1). pp. 19-35. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1332/030557303321095716

Abstract

The growing recognition that social problems are multi-faceted and need to be tackled in a way that cuts across traditional departmental boundaries has heralded the advent of joined-up government.Yet this new emphasis does not appear to have permeated the provision of public services in Northern Ireland in their response to the increasingly pervasive social problem of communal violence perpetrated by paramilitaries against those suspected of committing crime within their own communities. This article examines the response of governmental and non-governmental agencies to this issue and questions whether victims of violence could benefit from an integrated approach.A deep suspicion and mistrust of the statutory authorities and the ‘undeserving’ character of victims currently militate against a joined-up approach.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
ID Code:9087
Deposited By:Professor Colin Knox
Deposited On:02 Feb 2010 08:02
Last Modified:02 Feb 2010 08:02

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