An Introduction to Australian Public Policy: Theory and Practice

Author(s): Sarah Maddison

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The public policy arena is a complex framework of actors, politics and instruments. An Introduction to Australian Public Policy, 2nd edition, examines the broad range of models, influences and players that shape the development of public policy in Australia, and equips students with a working knowledge of both the theoretical underpinnings and real-world challenges of the field. Fully revised and updated, the new edition addresses the diverse approaches to policy formulation required by different practitioners and institutions. Accessible and engaging, this edition includes: a new chapter on policy evaluation; practical exercises on how to write policy briefs and media releases and eleven new, concise case studies from Australia's top public policy practitioners. The book is accompanied by a companion website which contains chapter summaries and a glossary. Widely regarded as the best introduction to Australian public policy available, the book is an essential resource for undergraduate students of politics and policy workers.


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Part I. Policy and Theory: Introduction; 1. The Australian policy context; 2. State or market I: Ideology and public policy; 3. State or market II: The economics of public policy; 4. Models and theory for understanding policy; 5. Policy actors and policy instruments; 6. Identifying issues: Agenda setting and policy discourse; Part II. Policy in Practice: 7 Who does policy?; 8. The nuts and bolts of policy work: From advice to implementation; 9. Policy evaluation; 10. The role of the media in setting the policy agenda; 11. Consulting with stakeholders; 12. Research and policy; 13. Communication, ethics and accountability.

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  • : 9781107658257
  • : Cambridge University Press
  • : Cambridge University Press
  • : January 2013
  • : 240mm X 165mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : February 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sarah Maddison
  • : Paperback
  • : 2nd Revised edition
  • : 320.60994
  • : 312
  • : 9 b/w illus.