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.


Better integrating policies at the local level

Synthesis of country findings

This part provides a synthesis of the findings and international policy recommendations for how to better integrate policies at the local level. It explores the implementation of employment, economic development and skills policy in 11 countries to identify common obstacles to policy integration, and approaches which have led to policy alignment. Each participating country and region has a different institutional framework, different economic strengths and weaknesses, and a different culture regarding collaboration and partnership working. However, the study has found that common factors are at play for all 11 and the opportunity for learning through sharing experiences is great.


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