Social inclusion, new regionalism and associational governance: The Queensland experience

Smyth, Paul, Reddel, Tim and Jones, Andrew (2004) Social inclusion, new regionalism and associational governance: The Queensland experience. International Journal of Urban And Regional Research, 28 3: 601-615. doi:10.1111/j.0309-1317.2004.00538.x

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Author Smyth, Paul
Reddel, Tim
Jones, Andrew
Title Social inclusion, new regionalism and associational governance: The Queensland experience
Journal name International Journal of Urban And Regional Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0309-1317
ISBN 0309-1317; 1468-2427
Publication date 2004-09-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.0309-1317.2004.00538.x
Volume 28
Issue 3
Start page 601
End page 615
Total pages 15
Place of publication Oxford, UK
Publisher Blackwell
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subject 1605 Policy and Administration
Abstract In recent years there has been a resurgence of decentralized social governance concerned with the spatial dimensions of disadvantage. This article examines aspects of this resurgence in the Australian state of Queensland where, after the hasty birth of 'place management' in response to the rise of 'Hansonism', a plethora of 'joined-up' policy initiatives were undertaken in relation to the regional dimensions of poverty. We propose that these trends reflect in part new ways of thinking about the spatial aspects of disadvantage which have emerged in recent years and which have the potential to take regional policy beyond the narrow confines imposed by neoliberal economic orthodoxy. These new ways of thinking have arisen in social policy through the refraining of disadvantage in terms of social exclusion and in regional economic policy through the influence of the so-called 'new regionalism'. The article shows how together these bodies of theory point us towards a new model of 'associational governance'. The article reviews recent Queensland experience and indicates those features of 'associational governance' which have become characteristic of locality-based social policy ideas in Queensland. 'Joined-up' and regional policy aspirations of the Queensland State government have shown the influence of these new approaches. The political and policy sustainability of these trends, however, is uncertain. The lingering shadow of managerialism and neoliberal policy frameworks remains a significant barrier to the innovation and viability of these approaches. More directly, the inherent limits of the 'local' or 'regional' initiatives in the face of broader national and global factors will significantly constrain the capacity of associational governance systems to deliver positive democratic, social and economic outcomes. The article examines recent Queensland policy refors in light of this complex set of factors and concludes by offering directions for future research and policy development.
Keyword Place management
Regional policy development
Associational governance
Queensland Government
Locality-based social policy
Q-Index Code C1

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