An Introduction to Australian Public Policy: Theory and Practice

Author(s): Sarah Maddison & Richard Denniss

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An Introduction to Australian Public Policy: Theory and Practice is the first book to comprehensively address both the theoretical and practical aspects of policy making in Australia. Written in an accessible style, this text is designed to introduce students to the real world challenges and skills involved in working in a range of policy roles. Drawing on their own experiences, the authors ground public policy theory in a number of key controversies to illustrate the contestable nature of the policy process. Each chapter features case studies that outline contemporary policy issues, such as the deregulation of the financial system, 'Knowledge Nation', paid maternity leave, and the Northern Territory intervention. Including practical exercises on how to write policy briefs and media releases, this book is essential reading for anyone who needs to know how public policy is developed in Australia.


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Sarah Maddison is Senior Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales. Richard Denniss is Executive Director of The Australia Institute, a Canberra-based policy think tank.

List of figures; List of tables; List of original contributions; List of case studies and exercises; Foreword; Part I. Policy and Theory: Introduction: why study policy?; 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: advice, implementation and evaluation; 9. The role of the media in setting the policy agenda; 10. Consulting with stakeholders; 11. Research and policy; 12. Communication, ethics and accountability; References; Index.

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  • : 9780521705714
  • : Cambridge University Press
  • : Cambridge University Press
  • : 0.5
  • : April 2009
  • : 240mm X 165mm X 17mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : June 2011
  • : books

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  • : Sarah Maddison & Richard Denniss
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 320.60994
  • : 296
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