Economies such as ours are now experiencing a new debate about localism (as it is described in the UK), or a increasingly broad role for city government or regions (this being the focus of the debate in the United States). The Europeans have for some time called this subsidiarity for some time. Community deals is another way of thinking about it.
This trend to localism has also begun to emerge in Australian public policy debates, which turn on a positive view of the public sector and its many institutions. We have seen this over the last 12 months in the reviews by Sandra McPhee into jobactive, by Peter Shergold in his review — still not released — of settlement outcomes for refugees, and just last week by David Thodey in his ongoing review of the Australian Public Service (APS). It is all about connecting flexibly at the local level with networks, service providers, local government, and opportunities. By this means, we can localise accountability and build connection and support for those who need it.
SOURCE: Terry Moran. “The next long wave of Reform: Where will the Ideas come from? Part 2.” Social Policy Connections, March 2019.
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