This research examines the concept of participation and its
application to the relationship between individuals and the state. It
approaches the subject from two angles; firstly by considering the
role of community work and community workers employed by the local
state, and secondly by investigating the relationships that developed
between community based groups and departments of the local state.
The research was undertaken within Derbyshire and focuses on its
Social Service Department, as the main employer of community workers
within the County and because of this Department's relationships with
the particular community groups studied. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.