Great expectations: what regional policy can achieve in Australia

Collits, Paul (2006) Great expectations: what regional policy can achieve in Australia. Farm Policy Journal, 3 (3). pp. 1-11. ISSN 1449-2210

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There is a fundamental mismatch in Australia between the expectations that many have of regional policies – defined as deliberate interventions by government to improve the position of particular places – and the capacity of these policies to deliver. This is both because the expectations are unreasonably high and because regional policy’s effectiveness is relatively limited. It is important to achieve a better alignment between expectations and likely outcomes, if only to focus the best minds in regional development on doing better what is actually achievable, and away from entertaining big ideas based on delusions of policy grandeur. Policy development should be based on serious analysis and not just a response to the voices of interest groups or to those regional problems that are urgent and visible. The end result of such an exercise would not be greater government intervention, but better intervention.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - USQ/DDIAE Other
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - USQ/DDIAE Other
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2020 05:01
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2020 05:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: regional planning; decision making; public administration evaluation
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140218 Urban and Regional Economics
12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120505 Regional Analysis and Development
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9102 Microeconomics > 910299 Microeconomics not elsewhere classified

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