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Institutionalisation of Political Parties: Comparative Cases. Edited by Robert Harmel and Lars G. Svasand

Bridging the Gap Between Integrated Food Policy Research and Practice

Institutions
 
Integration
 
Policy Analysis
 
Public Policy
 
Knowledge
 
Policy Change
 
Policy-Making
 
Presenter
Kelly Parsons
City, University of London
Authors
Kelly Parsons
City, University of London

Abstract
This paper fuses public policy theory on integration with insights from two empirical cross-government food policy projects – in the UK and Australia – to explore how to bridge the expectations gap between calls for stronger government leadership to join-up food policy, and a lack of capacity to do so during policy formulation. Examining how integration has been conceived and applied in the two cases, it argues the goals of more integrated food policy will not be realised without a better understanding of the different dimensions of integration. The paper links this analysis to the related goals of food policy coherence and the application of food systems thinking. Significant practical guidance for policymakers, requiring innovative approaches to bridging the policy and research communities, is also required. It therefore calls for a new, pragmatic, research agenda for integrated food policy, while discussing the implications of blurring the boundaries between academic research and politics.
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