Journal article

Local heroes? Learning from recent community strengthening initiatives in Victoria

John Wiseman

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION | WILEY | Published : 2006

Abstract

Policies and programs which aim to strength the engagement, connectedness and resilience of local communities have increasingly become a core element in public policy responses to the challenges posed by globalising social and economic relations. However, for many politicians, policy makers and citizens the conceptual framework and practical benefits of 'community strengthening' remain vague and unclear. This article aims to contribute to debates about the significance of community strengthening by providing a concise overview of the development and implementation of community strengthening initiatives by the Bracks Labor government in Victoria. Initial learning from this experience suggests..

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