The UN Sustainable Development Goals agenda has passionately pushed for more policy integration. For as long as bureaucracy has existed, ministerial silos have been preventing integration across sectors.
The problem is so intractable that the prominent scholar Guy Peters characterizes policy coordination as the ‘holy grail of public administration’. I ask the question of how can we facilitate integration in bureaucratic institutions that are interest-obsessed, idea-focussed, power-hungry, and attention-deficient.
National governments face increasingly complex problems such as climate change, migration and international tax evasion, which require multiple ministries to resolve. Uncoordinated ministries will take policy actions individually that cancel each other out.
To resolve this, all European countries have initiated an administration revolution but have failed miserably. I look into the roots of these failures, and propose institutions that are more far-sighted, deliberative, united, and committed.
Beyond the obvious, this presentation tells the inside stories about the institutions for policy integration in Germany, Finland, United Kingdom and Czech Republic.
About the speaker
Ryan Wong is a former bureaucrat in the health and social services sector. His long-term interest is the integration of technical and conceptual systems in public policy.
Currently a PhD scholar at the School of Regulation and Global Governance, Ryan researches on institutions for policy integration. This work has led to his receipt of the fellowship at OECD Policy Coherence Unit and the Adam Smith fellowship with George Mason University.