Whole of government approaches and joined up services: a challenge to neo-liberalism?

Grace, Marty (2006) Whole of government approaches and joined up services: a challenge to neo-liberalism? In: Governments & Communities in Partnership: from theory to practice conference, University of Melbourne Centre for Public Policy, 25-27 September 2006, Melbourne.


In his background paper for the Governments and Communities in Partnership conference, Mark Considine (2005) suggests that international change towards whole of government approaches, partnerships and joining up could be termed ‘network governance’. He characterises this change as both a challenge to traditional bureaucratic thinking, and a deepening of democracy. My focus in this paper is on this notion of democratisation. I will take an analytical and critical look at the extent to which joining up promotes democracy and challenges the neo‐liberalism and neo‐conservativism that have become internationally dominant in recent years. I will link theory and practice by discussing YP4, a trial of joined up services for homeless jobseekers in Victoria, Australia.

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This paper is part of a collection of papers that were presented and discussed at the Centre for Public Policy Governments and Communities in Partnership conference (September, 2006). The paper has been independently reviewed by an expert.

Item type Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/1926
Official URL http://www.public-policy.unimelb.edu.au/conference...
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 360000 Policy and Political Science
Historical > RFCD Classification > 370000 Studies in Human Society
Historical > FOR Classification > 1607 Social Work
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords network governance, government policy, partnerships and joining up, joined up social services, homeless jobseekers, Victoria
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