A Load of Old Garbage: Applying Garbage-Can Theory to Contemporary Housing Policy

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Title A Load of Old Garbage: Applying Garbage-Can Theory to Contemporary Housing Policy
Author Tiernan, Anne-Maree; Burke, Terry
Journal Name Australian Journal of Public Administration
Editor John Wanna
Year Published 2002
Place of publication Sydney, NSW
Publisher Blackwell
Abstract This article reviews John Kingdon's garbage-can model of agenda setting and alternative specification for understanding the complexities of policy-making in the housing policy context. Garbage-can theories reject conventional 'policy cycle' models which envisage policy development processes as rational and underpinned by the logic of problem solving. They posit a loose relationship between problems and the policy solutions offered by national governments. Using an Australian housing policy case study, this article demonstrates the usefulness of Kingdon's garbage-can theory. A modified framework is used to explain how the policy agenda has become narrowed to focus on safety-net assistance for the most disadvantaged, while housing problems have continued to worsen.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Volume 61
Issue Number 3
Page from 86
Page to 97
ISSN 0313-6647
Date Accessioned 2006-07-27
Date Available 2008-02-14T08:20:27Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Public Policy
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/16788
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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