John Butcher

John Butcher
  • Category: Faculty
  • Job Title: ANZSOG Adjunct Research Fellow
  • Organisation: Australian National University
  • Department: School of Politics and International Relations
  • State/Region: ACT
  • Country: Australia
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Areas of expertise

  • Government and the third sector
  • Collaboration and working across boundaries
Profile

Dr John Butcher is an ANZSOG Adjunct Research Fellow based at the School of Politics and International Relations at ANU. His work focuses on gaining practical insights into the working relationships between government entities and non-state actors, principally in the not-for-profit sector. In 2015 Dr Butcher co-convened (in partnership with Prof David Gilchrist) a one-day workshop titled ‘Cross-Sector Working for Complex Problems: Beyond the rhetoric’. The workshop brought together policy researchers, makers and practitioners from academia, government and the not-for-profit sector to address challenges in policy and public administration emerging at the interface between government, the not-for-profit sector and business. He and Prof Gilchrist curated the collected papers from the workshop into an ANZSOG/ANU Press book The Three Sector Solution: Delivering public policy in collaboration with not-for-profits and business’ (2016).

From 2016-2018 Dr Butcher is leading a research project investigating the determinants for success when working across sector boundaries. Funded by ANZSOG and the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy at Curtin University, the research entails comparing case studies of existing cross-sector initiatives in Australia and New Zealand, with a view to extracting lessons about best practice and potential pitfalls.

Selected publications
  • Butcher, J. & Gilchrist, D. (eds) (2016). The Three Sector Solution: Delivering public policy in collaboration with not-for-profits and business. Canberra: ANU Press.
  • Butcher J. (2016). Health and Social Policy. In C. Aulich (ed.), From Abbott to Turnbull: A New Direction? Canberra: Barrallier Books, p. 245-269.
  • Butcher, J. R. (2016). Investing in Not‐for‐Profit Sector Capacity: The Australian Capital Territory's Community Sector Development Program (CSDP). Australian Journal of Public Administration, 75(2), 249-257.
  • Butcher, J. R. (2015). New Zealand’s Relationship Accord: A case study in the politics of cross-sector rapprochement. Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 7(2), 32-59.
  • Butcher, J. R. (2015). Squaring the Virtuous Circle: Exploring the Potential of the ‘Five Cs’. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 74(2), 249-256.
  • Butcher, J. (2015). The third sector and government in Australia: Not-for-profit reform under Labor, 2007–13. Australian Journal of Political Science50(1), 148-163.
  • Butcher, J., & Dalton, B. (2014). Cross-sector partnership and human services in Australian states and territories: Reflections on a mutable relationship. Policy and Society33(2), 141-153.
  • Butcher, J. (2013). The National Compact: Civilising the relationship between government and the not-for-profit sector in Australia. In R. Laforest (ed.), Government-Nonprofit Relations in Times of Recession. McGill University Press.