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Public policies and initiatives are constantly developed and re-developed. These changes are influenced by practical aspects such as politics, funding and governance. Some may argue that this encourages innovation and reflects true democratic processes. Nevertheless, it also represents a challenge for dealing with complex issues that require sustained and coherent action over the long term. This is often the case for urban sustainability and resilience problems. Public policy analysis aims to study and understand the processes and actors involved in policy formulation and change; including the relationships between policy, process and outcomes. These types of studies aim to help answer the question of what factors inform policy changes by integrating the ideas, interests, resources and constraints of policy actors with the policy process. Interest in urban resilience and policy has been growing steadily over the last decade, especially in Australia. This has led to the creation of many frameworks to develop and scrutinise public policies in this field. However, most of these tools focus on aspects that are only applicable during crisis periods. They also often neglect to offer insight about the long-term policy implementation challenges and opportunities. This study aims to provide a different perspective, or lens, through which policy processes and content can be studied to support the delivery of resilience policies that can endure the test of time and be effective over the long term. It draws on interviews with experts across government, industry and research from Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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