An Introduction to Australian Public Policy: Theory and Practice

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 13, 2013 - Political Science - 292 pages
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The public policy arena is a complex framework of actors, politics and instruments. An Introduction to Australian Public Policy Second Edition examines the broad range of models, influences and players that shape the development of public policy in Australia, and equips students with a working knowledge of both the theoretical underpinnings and real-world challenges of the field. Fully revised and updated, the new edition addresses the diverse approaches to policy formulation required by different practitioners and institutions. Accessible and engaging, this edition includes: a new chapter on policy evaluation; practical exercises on how to write policy briefs and media releases and eleven new, concise case studies from Australia's top public policy practitioners. The book is accompanied by a companion website which contains chapter summaries and a glossary. Widely regarded as the best introduction to Australian public policy available, the book is an essential resource for undergraduate students of politics and policy workers.
 

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Contents

Why study policy?
4
Australian public policy in a globalised World
12
Making quick decisions under uncertainty
14
The Commonwealth Grants Commissions dispute with New South Wales
25
Ideology and public policy
34
To market to market
37
In praise of stimulus
44
The economics of public policy
50
The contradictions of the law and order debate
144
A mess a shambles a disaster? The implementation of the Home Insulation
152
The case for randomised trials
166
A cautionary tale
176
Who decides What
183
Housing versus homelessness
184
Conclusion
189
Too political to participate?
194

Price fixing in Australia
61
The case of paid maternity leave
74
New possibilities for Australian nation building
83
Campaigning for mental health
93
What instrument is best?
103
An insiders perspective
114
Politicians
122
Who made the mining tax? The public service the politician or the miners?
123
GetUp Mobilising the masses to influence Australian public policy
132
Conclusion
136
What is consultation?
195
The risks of consultation
203
Australia 2001 to 2011
215
Communication ethics and accountability
222
Whistleblowing and leaks
230
Questions for discussion
236
References
242
Index
265
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About the author (2013)

Sarah Maddison is Senior Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales.

Richard Denniss is Executive Director of The Australia Institute, a Canberra-based policy think tank.

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