If only government departments worked together we could solve even the most ‘wicked’ of problems, right? Well, not, quite. In this post, Gemma Carey (@gemcarey) shares her insights into ‘Joined-up government’ approaches have emerged in many industrialised countries as a means to tackle persistent ‘wicked’ public and social policy problems. Despite this, limited evidence exists concerning their implementation or effectiveness.
In 2007, the Australian Federal Government launched a ‘joined-up’ approach to address the ‘wicked’ problem of social exclusion – the Social Inclusion Agenda. While the Social Inclusion Agenda (SIA) has since been abandoned, there is much we can learn from its implementation.
In a recent article, we reported on research which explored the process of joining-up within federal government under the SIA, drawing on interviews with senior federal policymakers (a related article on joining-up between sectors can be found here).