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La coopération partenariale : une institution incertaine

Abstract : Partnership-based collaboration: an uncertain institutional arrangement Like other sectors in current society, social work has been expected to proceed to a practice of decompartmentalisation, sharing and mutual learning as well as to the readjustment of specialties that had been separated from each other in former times. Related to the agenda of innovation, operating in networks and partnerships has become a widespread mantra in social work. My research conducted on two collaboration projects (see Lyet P, L'institution incertaine du partenariat, L'Harmattan, 2008) has shown that such collaboration makes the involved social workers translate their respective approaches to each other, transform pre-established identities, and – given the particular, local and precarious rules governing this process – cope, in an ad-hoc mode, with an intermediary space that to some extent gets out of the control of the organisations these actors are bound to. This is why the collaboration turns out to be an uncertain institutional arrangement. The initiatives under study exhibited deficits in the way there were established, with this deficit not being compensated for throughout the setup process operated on the ground. This institutional uncertainty implies that outcomes that emerge in the process of hybridisation remain unique; they are not disseminated across the collectivity at the origin of the impulse towards enhanced collaboration, and can hardly be appropriated by other actors. Thus outcomes rarely adopt an institutional character that affects wider regulations. Hence the inventions emerging in this process merely become a source of innovation if the latter (following N. Alter) is understood as a practice that proliferates across organisations and feeds into their transformation.
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Philippe Lyet. La coopération partenariale : une institution incertaine. Biennale Internationale de l’Éducation, de la Formation et des Pratiques professionnelles. 2015 : « Coopérer ? », Jun 2015, Paris, France. ⟨hal-01187950⟩

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