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22 - Delivering public policy

from Part V - Inside the Australian State

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 June 2012

Rodney Smith
Affiliation:
University of Sydney
Ariadne Vromen
Affiliation:
University of Sydney
Ian Cook
Affiliation:
Murdoch University, Western Australia
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Summary

Difficulties associated with delivering public policy have long been a focus of investigation for institutionalists (Chapter 2). The extent to which promises made during elections campaigns can be delivered by the political party or parties that win office is of fundamental concern to those interested in the operation of democracy in Australia (Chapter 1). The fact that public servants can place their own ideas about how things ought to be done ahead of those of their ministers is important for behaviouralists (Chapter 3) and, in that it suggests that they are part of the social elite that monopolises resources at the expense of other Australians, abhorrent to critical theorists (Chapter 4). Discourse theorists and post-structuralists (Chapter 5) would seek to identify the discourses through which policy problems and their solutions are defined, while international politics theorists would examine the impact of the interplay between domestic and international forces on shaping policy delivery (Chapter 6).

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Contemporary Politics in Australia
Theories, Practices and Issues
, pp. 249 - 259
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2012

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References

Barrett, S 2004 Implementation studies: time for a revival? Personal reflections on 20 years of implementation studies Public Administration 82 249 Google Scholar
Bourgon, J 2009 New directions in public administration: serving beyond the predictable Public Policy and Administration 24 309 Google Scholar
Wanna, J Butcher, J Freyens, B 2010 Policy in action: the challenge of service delivery UNSW Press Sydney

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