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Michael Mintrom

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...
Journal article

Towards whole-of-government enhancement of public value: an Australian case

Towards the end of its long term in office, the Labor-led Government of South Australia (2002–2018) embraced Mark Moore’s public value characterization of government’s role in society. This article reviews that unique effort to promote public value across the whole of government, in policy design...
Journal article

Strengthening policy capability: New Zealand's Policy Project

This article reviews the context and creation of the New Zealand Policy Project, its contributions, evidence of its impacts, and prospects for its replication across other public sectors.