Paul Henman

Professor Henman holds degrees in sociology, social policy, computer science and education. His main research interest is the nexus between social policy, administration and digital information technologies. His research interests include: social policy; welfare state; welfare reform; e-government; the administration of policy; costs of raising children.
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Policy Futures: Regulating the new economy

This debut issue of Policy Futures covers emerging technologies and innovations including artificial technology, synthetic biology, nanotechnology and circular economy.
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Critical encounters with performance measurement in social and public policy

This special edition of the 'Policy Studies' journal examines performance measurement in social and public policy and public services. Taking a policy instrument perspective the papers in the edition, the articles examine the postitive and negative effects of performance measurement, and what works.
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Performing the state: the socio-political dimensions of performance measurement in policy and public services

This opening paper outlines the rise of public sector performance measurement and performance governance from New Public Management, its trajectory from an administrative tool for organisational monitoring and management, to its insertion into service performance and accountability, to a policy tool defining policy itself. Four...
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Techniques and paradoxes in performing performance measurements: concluding reflections

Performance measurement has an implicit performance theory embedded within its practice; performance measurement perforce performs. Performance measurement has a performative effect on performance. Drawing together and building on the various empirical observations from the preceding papers in this collection, this concluding paper firstly examines the...

Exploring the use of residual measures of housing affordability in Australia: methodologies and concepts

This essay argues that new approaches to measuring housing affordability are needed and are possible in Australia. The residual income approach has a key advantage over the more commonly used ratio approach, because it measures household outcomes (such as living standards) rather than inputs to...