Public Policy in Australia:: Theory and Practice

Paperback | November 21, 2012

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Public Policy in Australia: Theory and Practice provides clear, systematic and detailed coverage of the policy process using contemporary examples from Australia linked into theory and practice. This provides students with a good basis from which to grasp the conceptual base of the policy processand ensures that they are also provided with enough detail to develop their own analytical questions and hypotheses. The text is divided into three parts in order to highlight the linkages between theory, policy practices and social processes. The first part outlines the main theoretical traditions that inform public policy, bringing about an understanding of the conceptual bases that have played a significantrole in the development of public policy and the theory that informs its practices. The second part focuses on the policy cycle, illustrating that policy making is a continuous process involving actors, decisions and resources which intersect with institutional procedures and ideological standpoints. This part demonstrates to students the clear linkages between theory and practiceand assists students to identify the processes around decision making within the policy domain. Each aspect of the policy cycle is clearly described with case study examples. The third part moves to the main elements that impact on the policy process. The focus here is on the intersection between the policy cycle phases and the contingent factors that inform policy decision making. Factors such as policy actors and the institutional setting, access to resources, interestgroups and the role of the media are all used to demonstrate the complexity of the policy process. Contemporary case studies are used to highlight the implications of key assumptions in understanding of particular policy issues.

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Public Policy in Australia: Theory and Practice provides clear, systematic and detailed coverage of the policy process using contemporary examples from Australia linked into theory and practice. This provides students with a good basis from which to grasp the conceptual base of the policy processand ensures that they are also provided ...

Dr Yvonne Haigh is a lecturer in Politics and Community Development at Murdoch University, Western Australia. Dr Haigh has taught at Murdoch University since 2006 in the areas of political theory, Australian government and public and social policy. She has undertaken research projects through the Centre for Social and Community Resear...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.65 × 7.48 × 0.68 inPublished:November 21, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I Theoretical Traditions, Concepts and Ideas1. Rationality, Individuality and Public Choice2. Ideology, Power and Public Policy3. Pluralism, Corporatism, and Public Policy4. The Policy SciencesPart II Policy in Process5. Problem Definition and Agenda Setting6. Policy Analysis and Policy Instruments7. Consultation and Decision-making8. Implementation, Evaluation and Policy ChangePart III Contingent Factors in Public Policy9. Interest Groups and the Media10. Policy Resources and Institutional Learning11. Evidence and Research in Public PolicyConclusion