The purpose of this book is to explore partnerships in the field of public health and well-being. Its central focus is upon the establishment of partnerships, their rationale, practices, relationships, the problems they face, and how these can be understood and addressed. This chapter is in three parts. First, there is an examination of the rationale for partnerships in the context of public health and well-being. Second, an analysis of the historical context of partnership in this field is undertaken, which identifies key themes to be explored in later chapters. Third, key concepts and frameworks relating to the analysis of partnership and collaborative working are explored.
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