Pragmatic Federalism: Australian Federalism from Hawke to Howard

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Title Pragmatic Federalism: Australian Federalism from Hawke to Howard
Author Hollander, Robyn; Patapan, Haig
Journal Name Australian Journal of Public Administration
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Abstract The article explores the nature of Australian federalism by examining four major themes in the period from Hawke to Howard. The investigation of these themes – Australian conceptions of federalism; the role of party in shaping federalism; the way problems and politics have influenced policy-making and thereby federalism; and the nature of federal judicial review – suggests that Australian federalism can most accurately be characterised as pragmatic. It appears as a federalism shaped by pressing problems, specific policy agendas and the prevailing political dynamic, rather than by overarching conceptions of federalism derived from political theory or articulated in party ideology. This pragmatic federalism explains important aspects of Australian federalism, especially the trend towards centralisation of authority.
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Volume 66
Issue Number 3
Page from 280
Page to 297
ISSN 0313-6647
Date Accessioned 2008-02-22
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations; PRE2009-Public Administration
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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