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What lies ahead for Malcolm Turnbull? His boosters still wait expectantly for the green shoots of political recovery.
The winds of change are once again blowing through Canberra. Every two decades or so, the federal bureaucracy is encouraged to take a good hard look at itself with a view to reforming how it is organised and operates.
In the community of public...
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...
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....
This paper discusses the evaluation capacity and capability of the APS and how it can adopt a sustained approach to learning from successes and failures. It outlines the need for a cultural shift and an institutional framework that embeds the strategic importance and processes of...
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...
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.