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The Australian Policy Handbook


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Figures and Tables Introduction: Why The Australian Policy Handbook? 1. Why policy matters 2. The institutions of public policy 3. A policy cycle 4. Identifying issues 5. Policy analysis 6. Policy instruments 7. Consultation 8. Coordination 9. Decision 10. Implementation 11. Evaluation 12. Managing the policy process 13. When policies succeed and fail Appendix: Checklists for policy development Glossary References Index

About the Author

CATHERINE ALTHAUS is Associate Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne and ANZSOG Associate Dean (Academic). PETER BRIDGMAN is a barrister and former consultant specialising in public policy, governance and integrity, and has worked within and for governments in Australia and internationally. PROFESSOR GLYN DAVIS AC is a former Director General of the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Queensland, Professor Davis was Foundation Chair of ANZSOG. He is Vice Chancellor at the University of Melbourne.


"An enduring and important contribution to the field. Althaus, Bridgman and Davis' pioneering policy cycle approach continues to offer vital insights into the policy-making process in Australia and internationally." --Lisa Paul AO PSM, Former Secretary of the Department of Education
"An invaluable guide for practitioners, academics and students to the craft of policy analysis, development and evaluation. It is an important resource for those with a commitment to sound evidence-based public policy." --Ken Smith, ANZSOG CEO and Dean

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