Part I. Policy and Theory: Introduction; 1. The Australian policy context; 2. State or market I: ideology and public policy; 3. State or market II: the economics of public policy; 4. Models and theory for understanding policy; 5. Policy actors and policy instruments; 6. Identifying issues: agenda setting and policy discourse; Part II. Policy in Practice: 7. Who does policy?; 8. The nuts and bolts of policy work: from advice to implementation; 9. Policy evaluation; 10. The role of the media in setting the policy agenda; 11. Consulting with stakeholders; 12. Research and policy; 13. Communication, ethics and accountability.
Examines the models, influences and players that shape public policy in Australia, addressing both theory and real-world challenges.