Understanding stakeholder interactions in urban partnerships

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  • Authors:
  • M. Le Feuvre
  • Dominic Medway
  • Gary Warnaby
  • Kevin Ward
  • Anna Goatman


This paper aims to better understand urban partnerships through the nature of the interactions between their stakeholders. Following a review of approaches to stakeholder arrangements in urban partnerships, which draws on a variety of literatures, including strategic management, public administration, urban studies and geography, the paper presents results of an action-case study undertaken in an urban partnership context – namely, Houldsworth Village Partnership (HVP) – within the GreaterManchester region of the UK. The findings begin by classifying HVP stakeholders along broad sectoral lines, beforemoving to examine, through a thematic analysis of data, the influences on their interactions in terms of ‘process enablers’ and ‘inhibitors’. This leads to a schema, whereby HVP stakeholder interactions are conceptualized on the dual continua of attitude and behavior. The schema provides a theoretical contribution by offering an understanding of stakeholders' dynamic interplay within an urban partnership context, and a means of classifying such stakeholders beyond their individual/ organizational characteristics or sectoral affiliations.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-65
Number of pages11
Early online date12 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016