Top-Down Approaches to Joined-Up Government: Examining the Unintended Consequences of Weak Implementation

Gemma Carey, Bradley R Crammond, Therese Riley

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    Abstract

    Since forming part of Blair's modernization agenda in the UK, joined-up government has become a central ambition of governments in many industrialized countries. While there continues to be an absence of core methods and principles for achieving joined-up government, consensus has emerged around the effectiveness of top down approaches. Research has found that joining must happen at multiple levels and be supported by a range of cultural and structural interventions. This article presents findings from a study into the Australian Social Inclusion Agenda and explores the long-term and unintended consequences of joined-up initiatives that take a top-down approach.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)167-178
    JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
    Volume38
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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