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Mapping Public Sector Innovation Units in Australia and New Zealand

Authors: Michael McGann, Jenny Lewis and Emma Blomkamp
Published Date: 17 April 2018
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Policy Skills, Development and Implementation
Summary Public sector innovation (PSI) units are increasingly being established and commissioned by governments in Australia and New Zealand to bring new insights and approaches to policy design and ...
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Cessation for smokers seeking treatment and advice from health care professionals in the hospital setting

Authors: Zoe Kopsaftis, Joseph van Agteren, Kristin Carson-Chahhou, Tim O’Loughlin and Brian Smith
Published Date: 04 April 2018
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Evidence-based policy, Public Health
Abstract Cigarette smoking costs Australia and New Zealand billions of dollars per year and is the single most preventable risk to health. Though governments have initiated numerous public health pol...
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Power, Process, Plumbing: Big G and Small g Gender in Victoria's Family Violence Policy Subsystem

Authors: Sophie Yates
Published Date: 02 April 2018
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Domestic Violence, Evidence-based policy, Policy development
Abstract In this article, I introduce the framework of ‘big G’ (categorical) and ‘small g’ (process) gender to explore the varied ways in which actors in Victoria's family violence policy sub...
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Strengthening policy capability: New Zealand's Policy Project

Authors: Sally Washington and Michael Mintrom
Published Date: 29 March 2018
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Policy Skills, Development and Implementation
Abstract Policy practitioners apply tools and frameworks to policy challenges in order to improve social, economic, and environmental outcomes. Could such tools and frameworks be applied to improve t...
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Singular memory or institutional memories? Toward a dynamic approach

Authors: Jack Corbett, Dennis Grube, Heather Lovell, Rodney Scott
Published Date: 14 February 2018
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Collaboration, Networks, Co-production, Leadership
Abstract The ability of the civil service to act as a reservoir of institutional memory is central to the pragmatic task of governing. But there is a growing body of scholarship that suggests the bur...
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Making the leap: A practical guide to inter-agency collaboration

Authors: Danielle Thornton, David Bryant and Shelley Mallett
Published Date: 08 February 2018
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Collaboration, Networks, Co-production
Summary Government and community-sector agencies have an equal stake in producing better social services. Many novel policy ideas have come to government from the not-for-profit sector, and there is ...
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‘You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone’: The implications of expanding the use of robots in care services

Authors: Helen Dickinson, Nicole Carey, Catherine Smith, Gemma Carey
Published Date: 06 February 2018
An ANZSOG-funded research project is exploring the increasing use of robots in care services to replace or complement the roles of humans. In this article, the team of researchers explores some of the...
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Budget and financial management reform in the People's Republic of China, Taiwan and Australia

Published Date: 24 January 2018
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Economics and Finance, Budgeting, Resourcing & Funding
Summary The Greater China Australia Dialogue on Public Administration has held annual workshops since 2011 on public administration themes of common interest to the People’s Republic of China, Taiw...
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Implications of work time flexibility for health promoting behaviours

Authors: Eleanor Malbon and Gemma Carey
Published Date: 20 December 2017
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Evidence-based policy, Human Resource Management (HR)
Abstract Support for labour market flexibility has been growing internationally and in Australia for several decades, leading to a more fluid set of working times. Employment and working times are re...
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Cost-benefit analysis as operationalized neoclassical economics: From evidence to folklore

Authors: George Argyrous
Published Date: 13 December 2017
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Economics and Finance
Abstract Neoclassical economics is an imposing theoretical edifice. But at another level it provides detailed operational guidance for public policy. At this operational level it is a technocratic ...
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Commissioning Human Services: Lessons from Australian Convict Contracting

Authors: Gary Sturgess, George Argyrous and Sara Rahman
Published Date: 04 December 2017
Abstract The transportation of convicts to the British penal colony at New South Wales in the late 18th and early 19th centuries was largely undertaken by private merchants under contract to govern...
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Visual methods and beyond: Exploring the logics and influence of competing domains of visual practice

Authors: Evert Lindquist
Published Date: 30 November 2017
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Policy Skills, Development and Implementation
Abstract One of the privileges of being an academic is the freedom to explore new intellectual and practice domains. In my case, I had spent several years encouraging graduate students in the field o...