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Delivering public services: locality, learning and reciprocity in place based practice

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posted on 2023-05-18, 23:55 authored by Marsh, I, Catherine CrowleyCatherine Crowley, Grube, D, Richard EcclestonRichard Eccleston
Policymakers across myriad jurisdictions are grappling with the challenge of complex policy problems. Multi-faceted, complex, and seemingly intractable, ‘wicked’ problems have exhausted the repertoire of the standard policy approaches. In response, governments are increasingly looking for new options, and one approach that has gained significant scholarly interest, along with increasing attention from practitioners, is ‘place-based’ solutions. This paper surveys conceptual aspects of this approach. It describes practices in comparable jurisdictions – the United Kingdom, the EU, and the United States. And it explores efforts over the past decade to ‘localise’ Indigenous services. It sketches the governance challenge in migrating from top-down or principal-agent arrangements towards place-based practice. The paper concludes that many of the building blocks for this shift already exist but that these need to be re-oriented around ‘learning’. Funding and other administrative protocols may also ultimately need to be redefined.

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Publication title

Australian Journal of Public Administration

Volume

76

Issue

4

Pagination

443-456

ISSN

0313-6647

Department/School

College Office - College of Arts, Law and Education

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia

Place of publication

Australia

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Copyright 2016 Institute of Public Administration Australia

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  • Restricted

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Public services policy advice and analysis

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