Book Chapter

Whole of government in theory and practice: An exploratory account of how Australian and Dutch governments deal with wicked problems in an integrated way

PM Karré, J Alford, M Van Der Steen, M Van Twist

Innovation and the Public Sector | Published : 2012


The governments of Australia and the Netherlands have to deal with wicked problems, that cut across neat departmental boundaries and exceed the problem-solving capabilities of individual governmental institutions. In this chapter, we discuss how they dealt with two pressing problems (child abuse, immigration and integration) by adopting so-called joined-up or whole of government approaches to policy-making. These entail coming to new ways of organizing by decoupling traditional governmental structures. We explore how joined-up government works in practice, discuss its limitations and develop an agenda for further research. © 2012 The authors and IOS Press. All rights reserved.

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