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...

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 ...

‘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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

Multi-level Governance: Conceptual challenges and case studies from Australia

Published Date: 27 November 2017
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Accountability~Governance, Collaboration, Networks, Co-production
Summary Important policy problems rarely fit neatly within existing territorial boundaries. More difficult still, individual governments or government departments rarely enjoy the power, resources an...

After the Ribbon Cutting: Governing PPPs in the medium to long term

Authors: Graeme Hodge, Emille Boulot, Colin Duffield and Carsten Greve
Published Date: 03 October 2017
Abstract Much attention has gone towards ‘up-front’ processes when delivering infrastructure public–private partnerships (PPPs), but less on how to best govern after the ribbon is cut and the i...

Individual funding systems: What works?

Authors: Helen Dickinson
Published Date: 02 October 2017
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Economics and Finance, Evidence-based policy
Abstract The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has the potential to substantially transform care for Australians with disabilities. One of the key components of this sys...

Strategy in the public and private sectors: Similarities, differences and changes

Authors: John Alford and Carsten Greve
Published Date: 28 September 2017
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Public Value, Strategic Planning, Management
Abstract Strategic concepts and practices first evolved in the private sector, so they evoked much controversy when they migrated to the public sector from the late 1970s onwards. Partly this was abo...