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The Australian Policy Handbook : A practical guide to the policy making process - Catherine Althaus

The Australian Policy Handbook

A practical guide to the policy making process

Paperback Published: 25th October 2017
ISBN: 9781760294380
Number Of Pages: 332

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A fully revised and updated 6th edition of this classic introduction to the process of policy development in government.

Public policy permeates every aspect of our lives. It is the stuff of government, justifying taxes, driving legislation, and shaping our social services. Public policy gives us roads, railways and airports, emergency services, industry development, and natural resource management. While politicians make the decisions, public servants provide analysis and support for those choices.

Drawing on their extensive practical experience, the authors outline the processes used in making public policy. They systematically explain the relationships between political decision-makers, public service advisers, other community participants, and those charged with implementing the programs that result.

The sixth edition of this widely used introduction is fully updated, and includes new material on the professionalisation of politicians, the role of opposition members, loss of corporate memory in the public service, addressing systemic policy failure, nudge economics and the impact of social media and the sharing economy on policy making and government.

About the Author

Catherine Althaus is Associate Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne and ANZSOG Associate Dean (Academic).

Peter Bridgman is a barrister and former consultant specialising in public policy, governance and integrity, and has worked within and for governments in Australia and internationally.

Professor Glyn Davis Ac is a former Director General of the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Queensland, Professor Davis was Foundation Chair of ANZSOG. He is Vice Chancellor at the University of Melbourne.

"An invaluable guide for practitioners, academics and students to the craft of policy analysis, development and evaluation. It is an important resource for those with a commitment to sound evidence-based public policy." --Ken Smith, ANZSOG CEO and Dean
"An enduring and important contribution to the field. Althaus, Bridgman and Davis' pioneering policy cycle approach continues to offer vital insights into the policy-making process in Australia and internationally." --Lisa Paul AO PSM, Former Secretary of the Department of Education

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Introduction: Why The Australian Policy Handbook?

1. Why policy matters

2. The institutions of public policy

3. A policy cycle

4. Identifying issues

5. Policy analysis

6. Policy instruments

7. Consultation

8. Coordination

9. Decision

10. Implementation

11. Evaluation

12. Managing the policy process

13. When policies succeed and fail

Appendix: Checklists for policy development




ISBN: 9781760294380
ISBN-10: 1760294381
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 25th October 2017
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 17.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.71
Edition Number: 6