Government, governance, and place-based approaches: lessons from and for public policy

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Klepac Pogrmilovic, Bojana ORCID: 0000-0002-9141-1862, Mowle, Amy ORCID: 0000-0002-0272-9044, Riley, Therese ORCID: 0000-0003-1444-6890 and Craike, Melinda ORCID: 0000-0002-7374-1286 (2023) Government, governance, and place-based approaches: lessons from and for public policy. Health Research Policy and Systems, 21. ISSN 1478-4505


Place-based approaches are increasingly applied to address the determinants of health, many of which are complex problems, to ultimately improve population health outcomes. Through public policy, government actions can afect the efectiveness of place-based approaches by infuencing the conceptualisation, development, implementation, governance, and/or evaluation of place-based approaches. Despite the important role of public policy, there has been limited examination of public policy related to place-based approaches. We add to the limited knowledge base by analysing Australian national public policy, to explore: (1) the defnitions, conceptualisations, and characteristics of place-based approaches in public policy; (2) the government’s perception and communication of its role in place-based approaches; and (3) the extent to which government policy refects the necessary conditions for successful place-based governance developed by Marsh and colleagues, namely localised context, embedded learning, and reciprocal accountability

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1186/s12961-023-01074-7
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Subjects Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 4206 Public health
Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 4407 Policy and administration
Current > Division/Research > Institute for Health and Sport
Current > Division/Research > Mitchell Institute
Keywords public policy; public health, place-based approach; document analysis; policy analysis; government
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