Policy Analysis in Australia

Edited by Brian Head and Kate Crowley

Policy Analysis in Australia

Edited by Brian Head and Kate Crowley

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

368 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2015
Cloth $150.00 ISBN: 9781447310273 Published December 2015 For sale in North and South America only
This new volume in the International Library of Policy Analysis series presents for the first time a coherent overview of the strengths of and opportunities for policy analysis in Australia. Taking a broad view—built on the recognition that government agencies are no longer the sole source of sound policy analysis—it takes in contributions from the media, political parties, business, and non-governmental organizations. Written by experienced scholars, it is impressive in scope and analysis and will be essential for anyone studying policy in Australia or comparative policy analysis in general.
Contents
Policy analysis in Australia: The state of the art - Kate Crowley & Brian Head

Part 1: The ‘policy advising’ context
Policy professionals in context: Advisors and ministers - Patrick Weller
The economic context of policy analysis in Australia - Alan Fenna
Policy analysis and public sector capacity - Brian Head

Part 2: Analysis and advice within government
Policy analysis at the federal government level - John Wanna
Policy and policy analysis in the States - John Phillimore and Tracey Arklay
Policy analysis capacity and local government - Brian Dollery, Michael A. Kortt and Simone de Souza
Reflections on policy advice in Australia - Carmen Lawrence

Part 3: Policy analysis beyond executive government
Parliamentary committees and inquiries - Ian Marsh and Darren Halpin
Expert policy advisory bodies - Jenny Stewart and Scott Prasser
Consultants, think tanks and public policy - Ariadne Vromen and Patrick Hurley
Media influence on public policy - Ian Ward

Part 4: Parties and interest groups in policy analysis
Policy development in political parties - Anika Gauja
Business associations and policy analysis - Stephen Bell
Policy and the labour movement - Rae Cooper, Bradon Ellem and Chris F. Wright
Policy capacity in the community sector - Susan Goodwin & Ruth Phillips

Part 5: Policy analysis instruction and research
Policy analysis instruction in Australia - Michael Di Francesco
Academic research and policy - Brian Head and Jim Walter
Review Quotes
John Alford, Australia and New Zealand School of Government
"A valuable contribution to the field of public policy in Australia, offering important insights into the policy actors, institutions, processes and context of policy analysis in Australia."
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