Australian Journal of Public Administration

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Edited By: Helen Dickinson, Maria Katsonis, Adrian Kay, Janine O'Flynn and Anne Tiernan

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 38/46 (Public Administration)

Online ISSN: 1467-8500

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This award is presented annually to the author of the most influential article published in the Australian Journal of Public Administration. This year the winner was Leadership in Local Government: ‘No Girls Allowed’ by Jacquie Hutchinson, Elizabeth Walker and Fiona Haslam McKenzie.

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  1. Anti-Corruption Watchdog Accountability: The Limitations of Judicial Review's Ability to Guard the Guardians

    Sarah Withnall Howe and Yvonne Haigh

    Article first published online: 25 JAN 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12185

    This article examines the limitation of judicial review in providing accountability to anti-corruption watchdogs. It submits the effects of these limitations are not properly recognised by fourth branch integrity theory or national integrity system theory. It concludes it is not sufficient to claim the judiciary is the answer to the question ‘who shall guard the guardians?’

  2. Public Sector Collaboration: Are We Doing It Well and Could We Do It Better?

    Peter Wilkins, John Phillimore and David Gilchrist

    Article first published online: 29 DEC 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12183

    Reports by Auditors-General and Ombudsmen in Australia and New Zealand are analysed to identify lessons regarding public sector collaboration. The analysis indicates that while continuing existing approaches may assist to improve collaboration there is a need to adopt more systematic approaches to organisational capacity for collaboration.

  3. The Australian Experience of Municipal Amalgamation: Asking the Citizenry and Exploring the Implications

    Roberta Ryan, Catherine Hastings, Bligh Grant, Alex Lawrie, Éidín Ní Shé and Liana Wortley

    Article first published online: 28 DEC 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12182

    This article questions the importance of the issue for municipal amalgamation for the Australian electorate despite its salience in public administration reform programs.

  4. Success and Failure in Environment Policy: The Role of Policy Officials

    Kathleen Mackie

    Article first published online: 26 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12170

    The article provides an insight into policy success and failure drawing on in-depth interviews of 51 Australian federal government environment policy officials and case studies to unearth whether they think new policies will succeed, and what factors they think are key to policy success. It argues policy theory would benefit from renewed focus on the backroom and unspoken role played by officials in pursuing policy success and avoiding failure.