Journal article

Inaction and public policy: understanding why policymakers ‘do nothing’

Public policy analysis needs to develop a more robust understanding and more sophisticated evaluation of inaction. This paper provides an initial roadmap for doing so, while acting as a primer for further reflection and research.
Preprint

Great policy successes

This edited book explores a series in-depth case study accounts of stand-out public policy accomplishments, across a range of countries, sectors, and challenges. The opening chapter is a field guide to spotting great policy successes in the real world so as to analyse how they...
Audio interview

Public policy successes

For those of us who aren’t policy wonks, the causal impression you could get of government and its enacting of public policy is one of continuous failure. In a new study, researchers have assembled twenty examples of public policy successes from Australia and New Zealand.
Commentary

From gun control to HIV: six ingredients of successful public policy

Prior to the recent federal election there was plenty of negative rhetoric about current policy settings, suggesting we have entered an armageddon of poor fiscal management, intolerable social inequality, and environmental degradation. If we took the rhetoric seriously, who in their right minds would want...
Book

Successful public policy: lessons from Australia and New Zealand

This publication looks purposefully at the ‘bright side’ of public policy in Australia and New Zealand. It provides detailed case studies of instances in which governments by and large got it right and made positive differences to the lives and wellbeing of countless citizens, to...