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Doing the work: negotiating the modernisation agenda

Paul Hoggett, Marjorie Mayo and Miller Chris

in The dilemmas of development work

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349729
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303732 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349729.003.0009
Doing the work: negotiating the modernisation agenda

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This chapter examines the ways in which workers are able to keep carrying effective development work despite the contradictions of government policies. It determines how they respond to attempts to managerialise the job, collaborate with agencies that are also competitors, establish a ‘bottom line’ beyond which they will not go. It concludes by considering whether the profession has reached a ‘tipping point’ beyond which development work simply becomes a form of project management in an environment where workers and agencies are fragmented and divided.

Keywords: development work; government policies; managerialise; tipping point; project management

Chapter.  6829 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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