Alignment of the policy planets: behind the implementation of the Northern Territory (Australia) Living With Alcohol Program

D'Abbs, Peter (2004) Alignment of the policy planets: behind the implementation of the Northern Territory (Australia) Living With Alcohol Program. Drug and Alcohol Review, 23 (1). pp. 55-65.

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Abstract

The Northern Territory Living With Alcohol Programme (LWAP), implemented in Australia from 1991 to 2000, has been hailed as a successful example of a comprehensive public health alcohol policy, especially in its first 4 years—1991/92 to 1995/96. This paper draws upon a policy analysis of the LWAP currently in progress to identify and describe the factors that made implementation possible at this time. I argue that programme implementation was shaped by a remarkable alignment of agencies and actors in the political, fiscal, administrative and industrial domains. This alignment of forces, however, owed as much to contingency as to planning and did not endure. Although the policy itself remained unchanged and continued to generate significant achievements, the alignment of forces sustaining it began to fragment from late 1995 onwards. The paper concludes by exploring the implications of the analysis for alcohol policy in other domains, and for the relationship between evidence regarding effectiveness and other components of the policy process.

Item ID: 6219
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: alcohol policy; policy analysis; policy implementation
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ISSN: 1465-3362
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2010 04:14
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111708 Health and Community Services @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920414 Substance Abuse @ 51%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920208 Health Inequalities @ 49%
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