Policy Analysis in Australia by Brian Head, Kate Crowley

By Brian Head, Kate Crowley

This new quantity within the overseas Library of coverage research sequence provides for the 1st time a coherent review of the strengths of and possibilities for coverage research in Australia. Taking a vast view—built at the popularity that govt companies aren't any longer the only resource of sound coverage analysis—it takes in contributions from the media, political events, enterprise, and non-governmental companies. Written through skilled students, it's awesome in scope and research and should be crucial for a person learning coverage in Australia or comparative coverage research in general.

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Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol 64, no 3, pp 3–13. Lerner, D. and Lasswell, H. (eds) (1951) The policy sciences: recent developments in scope and method, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. 18 Policy analysis in Australia: context, themes and challenges Lewis, C. (2010) ‘The home insulation program policy debacle: haste makes waste’, Public Policy, vol 5, no 2, pp 83–100. Majone, G. (1989) Evidence, argument and persuasion in the policy process, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Stewart and Prasser (Chapter Ten) suggest that this may be because the assumption that expert policy advice is an important element of policy capacity is a rationalist one, and rationalism itself is currently greatly contested. However, Marsh and Halpin argue in Chapter Nine that parliamentary committees can and do work very effectively in a policy advisory capacity, bridging interests and government actors in key policy domains. They provide a platform through which emerging issues and grievances can be constructively aired, they can make a positive contribution to the legislative process, and have set the agenda for significant policy developments and change.

It took over the postal services and ran the customs systems that it had inherited from state governments. Seventy years later, these departments still employed the majority of federal public servants, they were still scattered around the country and head offices remained in Melbourne, not Canberra. Ministerial oversight was constant. One Postmaster General had an electoral map behind his desk to check in which 23 Policy analysis in Australia electorate proposed new post offices fell. It was the Whitlam government that was to argue that business enterprises should not be run as ministerial departments and that decided to corporatise them into what eventually became Australia Post and Telstra.

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