Definitions: Whole of Government

Australia Whole of Government Brief

Connecting Government: Whole of government responses to Australia's priority challenges

The report has defined ‘whole of government' in the Australian Public Service (APS) as:

Whole of government denotes public service agencies working across portfolio boundaries to achieve a shared goal and an integrated government response to particular issues. Approaches can be formal and informal. They can focus on policy development, program management and service delivery.

Within the US this term has been used in association with “Rebalancing the Instruments of National Power” whose earlier iteration was DIME: Diplomatic, Informational, Military, Economic.

Admiral Dennis Blair and The Honorable James Locher, founders of the Project on National Security Reform (PNSR) contintributed significantly to the Rebalancing dialog.

Joe Nye has popularized the term “soft power, of his three recent books the first and the third are the better ones.

Review: The Paradox of American Power–Why the World’s Only Superpower Can’t Go It Alone

Review: Soft Power–The Means To Success In World Politics

Review: The Powers to Lead

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