John Alford

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Journal article

14 Aug 2017

This paper addresses shortcomings in the scholarship about ‘wicked problems’, and suggests ways of tackling them.

Journal article

24 Mar 2016

Describes the politics/administration interface as variable - either a “purple zone” of interaction between the red of politics and the blue of administration, or a clear line, depending on contextual factors.

Working paper

21 Dec 2015

Budgeting reform over the last 25-30 years has been about trying to increase both central control and flexibility. But inflexible rules, the authors note, actually endure despite the reforms. They propose applying the concept of responsive regulation to finance departments' oversight of line agencies. This...

Working paper

18 Aug 2015

Coproduction – the contribution of time and effort to the delivery of public services by service-users and citizens, prompted by or in concert with public sector organisations – is attracting increasing attention from governments and communities. The literature identifies numerous initiatives in the United States,...

Journal article

27 May 2015

This article adds to the emerging empirical literature on citizen co-production. Based on a telephone survey of 1000 Australian adults, it replicates a five-country European study focusing on three policy domains: neighbourhood safety, environment, and health (Loeffler et al. 2008). It shows that individually performed...

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