Recommendations for More Sustainable Public Policies
Adopting a Prospective Attitude
Policies and instruments that incorporate sustainable development demand more time than ad-hoc solutions: time to think matters through and carefully consider the options, medium- and long-term planning, openness towards new learning processes, and a readiness to regularly evaluate the policy tools. Further, the long-term perspectives of local/regional projects supported from public budgets have to be secured across the limits of funding periods.
By the means of EU subsidies, the incomes and investions have risen and thus make it possible for certain traditional professions to survive. Local participation can aid in creating regional value added.
Strengthening Cross-Sector Approaches
Although "inter-departmental approaches" and "breaking down barriers" may have become common keywords, they are also frequently observed shortcomings at all territorial scales, illustrating the power of departmentalised public action. The players within the public administration need to develop an adequate organisational configuration which allows for improving the information exchange, incorporating different viewpoints and boosting cross-sector collaboration. In order to apply the desired cross-sector approaches, more knowledge about successful governance methods is needed. Notably regional level integrated policy approaches should be strengthened. The positive experiences with intermediate organisations – such as the Austrian regional management organisations – should be taken into account.