The Australian Public Service and Policy Advising: Meeting the Challenges of 21st Century Governance

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Title The Australian Public Service and Policy Advising: Meeting the Challenges of 21st Century Governance
Author Lindquist, Evert; Tiernan, Anne-Maree
Journal Name Australian Journal of Public Administration
Editor John Wanna
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Abstract This concluding article summarises the case study findings comprising the Special Issue on ‘Advising Australian Federal Governments: Assessing the Evolving Capacity and Role of the Australian Public Service’, identifies and discusses cross-cutting issues, and considers strategic implications for future practice and research. It reviews key findings from six case studies – Treasury, Prime Minister and Cabinet, Intergovernmental Relations, Housing, the BER Stimulus program, and Defence – and assesses the policy advising capacity of the Australian Public Service, with a focus on the policy-political interface between governments and officials. Putting recent experience in historical context, it considers the performance of the Commonwealth's policy advisory system, the impact of prime ministers and centralisation, the link between advising and analytic capacities, the system's resilience and readiness, whether recent dissatisfaction over APS advising reflect lack of capacity or a culture clash, and the responsibility for ensuring high-quality policy advice. It recommends developing a more systematic approach to assessing policy advising capability, building on recent APS reforms.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 70
Issue Number 4
Page from 437
Page to 450
ISSN 0313-6647
Date Accessioned 2012-02-27; 2012-03-20T22:32:31Z
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Public Policy
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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