Policy Analysis in Australia offers a distinctly Australian interpretation of policy scholarship with eighteen chapters strongly reflecting the outstanding contributions of Australian scholars to the field of public policy. It provides a coherent overview of the strengths and opportunities for policy analysis in Australia.
It recognises that government agencies are no longer regarded as the sole source of sound policy analysis, and takes a broad view of policy analysis capacity, both within institutions at all levels of government, and beyond government in the media, political parties, business, and non-government associations.
It provides a valuable contribution to Australian scholarship about policy analysis in academic, professional, teaching and learning contexts, and is a key addition to research and teaching in comparative policy analysis and policy studies more generally.
Brian Head, professor of public policy at the University of Queensland, has had senior experience in government and the NGO sector. His research interests include evidence-based policy, governance, and collaboration to address ‘wicked’ policy challenges.
Kate Crowley, associate professor of public policy, University of Tasmania, works at the interface of academic-applied public policy, chairing independent bodies and providing advice, as well as publishing extensively in green politics and environmental policy.
Policy analysis in Australia: The state of the art ~ Kate Crowley & Brian Head;
Part 1: The ‘policy advising’ context;
Policy professionals in context: Advisors and ministers ~ Patrick Weller;
The economic context of policy analysis in Australia ~ Alan Fenna;
Policy analysis and public sector capacity ~ Brian Head;
Part 2: Analysis and advice within government;
Policy analysis at the federal government level ~ John Wanna;
Policy and policy analysis in the States ~ John Phillimore and Tracey Arklay;
Policy analysis capacity and local government ~ Brian Dollery, Michael A. Kortt and Simone de Souza;
Reflections on policy advice in Australia ~ Carmen Lawrence;
Part 3: Policy analysis beyond executive government;
Parliamentary committees and inquiries ~ Ian Marsh and Darren Halpin;
Expert policy advisory bodies ~ Jenny Stewart and Scott Prasser;
Consultants, think tanks and public policy ~ Ariadne Vromen and Patrick Hurley;
Media influence on public policy ~ Ian Ward;
Part 4: Parties and interest groups in policy analysis;
Policy development in political parties ~ Anika Gauja;
Business associations and policy analysis ~ Stephen Bell;
Policy and the labour movement ~ Rae Cooper, Bradon Ellem and Chris F. Wright;
Policy capacity in the community sector ~Susan Goodwin & Ruth Phillips;
Part 5: Policy analysis instruction and research;
Policy analysis instruction in Australia ~ Michael Di Francesco;
Academic research and policy ~ Brian Head and Jim Walter.
"Contributions examining the role of the media (Ward) and political parties (Gauja) in the modern policy process distinguish this volume." Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration
"A valuable contribution to the field of public policy in Australia, offering important insights into the policy actors, institutions, processes and context of policy analysis in Australia." Professor John Alford, Australia and New Zealand School of Government