Institutional Capacity and Choice in Australia's Integrity Systems

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Title Institutional Capacity and Choice in Australia's Integrity Systems
Author Head, Brian William; Brown, Alexander Jonathan
Journal Name Australian Journal of Public Administration
Editor John Wanna
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Carlton South, VIC
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Abstract This article examines recent debate over core or 'independent' integrity institutions in the Victorian and Commonwealth governments to highlight some of the need, and potential, for more careful deliberation over options for building the capacity of integrity systems - the second of the analytical themes used in Australia's national assessment. The first part compares resourcing of major integrity institutions by Australian governments over the past 15 years. Staffing and finances are seen as a useful basic measure of capacity, helping lift attention away from the assumption that creation of new bodies necessarily increases capacity. The data also show that some jurisdictionsincluding Victoriamay yet have some way to go if they wish to match other governments. The second part of the analysis identifies eight further issues for consideration in deliberations on institutional design. Our conclusion is that by working through such issues more systematically, it may be possible to identify new or different institutional options for configuring integrity resources. This could help avoid inappropriate choiceswhether unnecessary new bodies, overloads on existing ones or the import of frameworks that do not necessarily 'fit' local conditionsof particular relevance to current proposals for a new Commonwealth anti-corruption agency.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1467-8500.2005.00444.x
Alternative URI http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1467-8500.2005.00444.x
Copyright Statement Copyright 2005 Blackwell Publishing. The definitive version is available at [www.blackwell-synergy.com.]
Volume 64
Issue Number 2
Page from 84
Page to 95
ISSN 0313-6647
Date Accessioned 2006-03-08
Language en_AU
Research Centre Socio-Legal Research Centre; Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject Public Administration
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/4148
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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