Breaking Out of Policy Silos

Doing More with Less

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In the context of the economic recovery and public budget cuts, policy silos and fragmented short-term policy interventions have become luxuries that our economies can no longer afford. Government intervenes in a myriad of ways at the local level, and rarely are these interventions co-ordinated effectively. Most of us are familiar with policy “silos”. Such divisions are often taken for granted, blamed on historical working relationships (“it has always been like that”) and organisational cultures (“they don’t work like we do”).  However these divisions come at a cost. The issues and challenges facing local communities are often complex, and require a holistic approach to be resolved. This book provides concrete advice to policy makers at both national and local levels on how to better align policies, reduce duplication and waste, and “do more with less”. It is based on comparative analysis of 11 countries in Australisia, Europe and North America and combines rankings on where countries stand in terms of the integration of employment, skills and economic development policies, with concrete examples of successful policy integration on the ground.


About the authors

Francesca Froy is a senior policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), working within the Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme in Paris. She coordinates the work of the programme on employment, skills and local governance and has developed a stream of work on immigration and ethnic minority youth. She is the co-editor of the OECD publications From Immigration to Integration: Local Solutions to a Global Challenge, Designing Local Skills Strategies and Flexible Policy for More and Better Jobs. Prior to joining LEED, she was involved in evaluating European projects and helped to manage the DG Employment and Social Affairs initiative IDELE (identification and dissemination of local employment development). A British national, she has worked for the Public Employment Service and for a local municipality in the United Kingdom, where she led a multi-sector partnership to create employment and skills opportunities within social housing. She has a BSc in Anthropology from University College London and an MA in cultural theory from the University of Reading.


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