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An Introduction to Australian Public Policy
Theory and Practice

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  • Date Published: September 2009
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  • isbn: 9780511590139

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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.

    • The first textbook to address both theory and practice in Australian public policy
    • Each chapter features case studies, further reading and questions for discussion
    • Relates theoretical matter and issues of policy practice to real world policy concerns
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    • Date Published: September 2009
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511590139
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    List of original contributions
    List of case studies and exercises
    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

  • Authors

    Sarah Maddison, University of New South Wales, Sydney
    Sarah Maddison is Senior Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales.

    Richard Denniss, The Australia Institute
    Richard Denniss is Executive Director of The Australia Institute, a Canberra-based policy think tank.

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