A ‘Tripadvisor’ for disability? Social enterprise and ‘digital disruption’ in Australia

Authors: Ian McLoughlin, Yolande McNicoll, Aviva Beecher Kelk, James Cornford and Kelly Hutchinson
Published Date: 10 November 2018
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Digital, Technology, Disability
Abstract We explore how social enterprises can use platform technologies to plug ‘informational gaps’ in the provision of disability services. Such gaps are made more apparent by policies promo...

Robots and the delivery of care services: What is the role for government in stewarding disruptive innovation?

Authors: Helen Dickinson, Catherine Smith, Nicole Carey and Gemma Carey
Published Date: 09 November 2018
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Technology, Service Delivery
Summary In the last two decades there has been significant reform in terms of what governments do, and how they work, as a result of the digital revolution. In some areas, governments have embraced t...

Effective and efficient committee work: A systematic overview of multidisciplinary literatures

Authors: Sandy Oliver, Katie Hollingworth, Rob Briner, Catherine Swann, Kate Hinds and Chris Roche
Published Date: 18 October 2018
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Public Policy
Abstract An era of financial constraints calls for effective and efficient committee work when making collective decisions. A systematic search identified research literatures in business administrat...

Towards whole-of-government enhancement of public value: an Australian case

Authors: Karen Ballintyne and Michael Mintrom
Published Date: 01 October 2018
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Policy Skills, Development and Implementation, Public Value
Abstract The creation of public value holds a central place both in contemporary academic discussions of public administration and in practitioner interpretations of their roles in and around governm...

Strange bedfellows: Federal systems and performance management

Authors: Stephen Jones, Geert Bouckaert, Patrick Fafard and Luc Bernier
Published Date: 12 September 2018
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Intergovernmental Leadership
Abstract This paper offers the first link between models of the measurement and management of performance and the dimensions of governance arrangements in federal systems. Four ideal type approaches ...

What can policymakers learn from feminist strategies to combine contextualised evidence with advocacy?

Authors: Eleanor Malbon, Lisa Carson and Sophie Yates
Published Date: 10 September 2018
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Domestic Violence, Public Policy
Abstract We give a short overview of feminist perspectives on the use of evidence in policy making, covering both empirical and conceptual work. We present the case of the Conflict Tactics Scale, a m...

Public admin explainer: What is the investment approach to public policy?

Published Date: 07 September 2018
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Public Policy, Policy Skills, Development and Implementation
The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) is a global leader in education and government-focused research relevant to the public sector. Our Public Admin Explainer series, is part of...

The role of middle managers in progressing gender equity in the public sector

Authors: Sue Williamson, Linda Colley, Meraiah Foley, and Rae Cooper
Published Date: 01 August 2018
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Organisational Culture and Change
Summary Drawing on the experiences and knowledge of almost 300 managers in four public sector jurisdictions, this report examines the role that middle managers play in operationalising gender equity-...

Road pricing and provision: Changed traffic conditions ahead

Published Date: 23 July 2018
Summary Road pricing is not a new concept—toll roads have existed in Australia since Governor Macquarie established one from Sydney to Parramatta in 1811 - and distance-based charging schemes have ...

Public service commissioning: Origins, influences, and characteristics

Authors: Gary Sturgess
Published Date: 17 July 2018
Abstract The term “commissioning” has been widely used in recent years in referring to the authorization and funding of public services, particularly in the UK and Australia. In some cases, the t...

Policy entrepreneurs and collaborative action: pursuit of the sustainable development goals

Authors: Michael Mintrom and Madeline Thomas
Published Date: 18 June 2018
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Collaboration, Networks, Co-production, Policy Skills, Development and Implementation
Abstract Entrepreneurs use their access to information and strategic savvy to develop and bring new products and services to market. Often, their actions catalyse whole new forms of economic and soci...

Opening Government

Published Date: 30 April 2018
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Accountability, Governance
Summary Transparency and citizen engagement remain essential to good government and sound public policy. Indeed, they may well be the key to restoring trust in government itself, currently at an all-...