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.




The principle ministry for structural policy and regional development in Croatia is the Ministry of the Sea, Tourism, Transport and Development (MMTPR). The MMTPR is also responsible for co-ordinating interministerial working groups dealing with regional development and activities related to harmonisation with EU regional policy. The Ministry of Science, Education and Sport (MSES) is responsible for defining the legal framework for all levels of education in Croatia. The Ministry of the Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship (MINGORP) has responsibility for vocational education and training (VET). The Croatian Employment Service (CES) is the national employment service, a mainly centralised organisation with some regional co-ordinating bodies.


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