Top-down approaches to joined-up government: examining the unintended consequences of weak implementation

Gemma Carey, Bradley Robert Crammond, Therese Riley

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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
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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