What 'whole-of-government' means for environmental policy and management: an analysis of the connecting government initiative

Morrison, Tiffany, and Lane, Marcus (2005) What 'whole-of-government' means for environmental policy and management: an analysis of the connecting government initiative. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 12 (1). 47-54 .

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In this article we comment on what new "whole of government" (WG) initiatives mean for environmental policy and management in Australia. In particular, we focus on the recently released Australian Government Management Advisory Committee report, Connecting Government (2004). The nature of WG as a general public policy concept is explored before the relationship between WG and environ1nental policy and management is explained. Our review of Connecting Government shows it to be conceptually precise, appropriately focused on extra-structural issues, such as process and culture, and sensitive to the role of extra-governmental actors (such as community and industry actors) in governance. In addition, it usefully highlights the fact that different approaches to governmental connectivity are required for different kinds of policy problems. While Connecting Government acknowledges an enlarged role for community and industry actors in the formulation and implementation of public policy, it is, unfortunately, largely uncritical of the governance problems that this role potentially entails.

Item ID: 39969
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 2159-5356
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2015 05:05
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160510 Public Policy @ 35%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160605 Environmental Politics @ 35%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl Planning) @ 30%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940204 Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960501 Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales @ 50%
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