Summary. Under the Labour government, Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs) in England were responsible for the delivery of Local Area Agreements (LAAs) – agreed targets between central and local government. This paper uses statistical techniques and local authority case studies to explore the impact of LAAs on LSPs’ efforts to promote social cohesion. The results suggest that LSPs with an LAA for social cohesion experienced a better rate of improvement in community cohesiveness than those without, and that tougher targets resulted in stronger improvement. The impact of changes in LSPs approaches to promoting social cohesion appears to be responsible for this finding.

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Keywords Social cohesion, empirical analysis, local government, partnership, targets
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Series COCOPS - (COordinating for COhesion in the Public Sector of the Future)
Journal Policy and Politics
Note Authors' manuscript version. Forthcoming.
Grant This work was funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme; grant id fp7/266887 - COordinating for COhesion in the Public Sector of the Future (COCOPS)
Andrews, R, Downe, J, & Guarneros-Meza, V. (2013). Contracting for Social Cohesion: Can Local Area Agreements Make a Difference?. Policy and Politics, 2013, 1–33. Retrieved from