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Perkins, N., Smith, K., Hunter, D.J., Bambra, C. & Joyce, K.E. (2010). 'What Counts is What Works'? New Labour and Partnerships in Public Health. Policy and Politics 38(1): 101-117.

Author(s) from Durham


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.