chapter  seven
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Partnership and planning

Teams are not merely a preliminary to planned co-ordinated services, but a way of achieving something more. Co-operation, based on common understanding and partnership, is of greater value than co-ordination, which seeks to secure links through administrative machinery. The intricate patterns of administration created by the piece-meal accumulation of a multiplicity of tasks by the various agencies over the years cries out for co-ordination. The value of the Urban Programme approach may well outlast that of temporary and partial organizational changes. Philosophy is more important than administrative structures. Traditional administrative machinery is often entirely unsuited to running the social services adequately. Part of the administrator's business of creating an environment for effective specialist activity is creating machinery in which he himself is confronted by the latest thinking from the specialists and obliged to take it into account.