Public policy interventions and sustainability: complex stakeholder environments

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Eddington, Noela and Eddington, Ian. 2008. "Public policy interventions and sustainability: complex stakeholder environments." UNITAR 2008: Institutions, Public Participation and Environmental Sustainability. New Haven, United States 10 - 11 May 2008 New Haven, USA.
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Public policy interventions and sustainability: complex stakeholder environments

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsEddington, Noela (Author) and Eddington, Ian (Author)
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the Yale UNITAR Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy
Number of Pages12
Year2008
Place of PublicationNew Haven, USA
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.yale.edu/envirocenter/envdem/docs/Track%202.3.%20Provincial%20Regional%20Governance/EDDINGTON/Eddington%20paper.doc
Conference/EventUNITAR 2008: Institutions, Public Participation and Environmental Sustainability
Event Details
UNITAR 2008: Institutions, Public Participation and Environmental Sustainability
Event Date
10 to end of 11 May 2008
Event Location
New Haven, United States
Abstract

Complex issues, whether they be economic, social or environmental, pose significant challenges at all levels of governance. Keast, Mandell and Brown's theory on public policy governance of complex issues in 'crowded' policy domains is employed for interpretive and analytical purposes in a small case study about interventions relating to skills and workforce management in tight labour markets.
In particular, the case focuses on a skills ecosystem intervention for dealing with labour issues - skills acquisition, training, and the like. It highlights the extent to which multiple stakeholders are able to collaborate in analysing, formulating and implementing public policy strategy. In this sense it is a case about democratisation of the policy process and about the success with which ecosystems actors are able to align their skills and labour goals, narrowly defined, with holistic long term environmental sustainability goals.
First, three public policy imperatives are extracted from Keast et al's theory: (1) clarity of desired outcome (2) appropriate matching of the mix of governance modes to the clearly defined outcomes, and (3) better understanding of the operative systems and conventions on which those governance modes rely.
Second a case study is presented. The case finds that the three Keast et al imperatives remain complex and vexed issues themselves. Other aspects of Keast et al's theory are addressed in the case.
Third, on the basis of the brief glimpse the case provides into knowledge and implementation challenges inherent in complex mixed mode policy governance arenas, research questions are formulated and matched with each of the three policy imperatives identified at the outset. Conclusions are drawn.

Keywordseducation; skills development; sustainability; public policy
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440709. Public policy
350799. Strategy, management and organisational behaviour not elsewhere classified
440708. Public administration
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Byline AffiliationsDepartment of Training and Industrial Relations, Queensland
School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
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