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: 2013: 35/46 (Public Administration)

Online ISSN: 1467-8500

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Recently Published Articles

  1. Co-Production of Public Services in Australia: The Roles of Government Organisations and Co-Producers

    John Alford and Sophie Yates

    Article first published online: 27 MAY 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12157

    Based on a telephone survey of 1,000 Australian adults, this research replicates a five-country European study focusing on three policy domains: neighbourhood safety, environment, and health. It adds to the emerging empirical literature on citizen co-production.

  2. Rules and Flexibility in Public Budgeting: The Case of Budget Modernisation in Australia

    Michael Di Francesco

    Article first published online: 27 MAY 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12156

    This paper explores the features of public budgeting that make it resistant to efforts to balance central oversight and situational flexibility. It applies a taxonomy of general ‘budget rules’ to illustrate the trade-offs between control and flexibility using an analysis of budget reform in the Australian federal government over the last 30 years.

  3. Collaborative Governance in the Reform of Western Australia's Alcohol and Other Drug Sector

    Lynda Berends, Alison Ritter and Jenny Chalmers

    Article first published online: 19 MAY 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12154

    We examined the process for alcohol and other drug sector reform in Western Australia using Emerson et al.'s (2012) integrative framework for collaborative governance. Increased service funding, a partnership policy, leadership, and consequential incentives were important. Our findings suggest that financial arrangements should be added to the framework.

  4. Going It Alone or Playing to the Crowd? A Critique of Individual Budgets and the Personalisation of Health Care in the English National Health Service

    Iestyn Williams and Helen Dickinson

    Article first published online: 15 MAY 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12155

    This article critiques the introduction of personal budgets into health care in the United Kingdom, drawing out lessons for Australia. At the heart of the discussion is the tension between the virtues of tailored service provision and empowerment of the patient/service user on the one hand, and the benefits of a strong social contract, public trust in institutions, and collective identity on the other.

  5. Not Centralisation but Decentralised Integration through Australia's National Mental Health Policy

    Amanda Smullen

    Article first published online: 3 MAY 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12153

    This article challenges dominant perceptions of Commonwealth centralization in Australia's federal system. While it recognizes that the Commonwealth has entered a range of policy fields not anticipated by federal founders, it argues that this does not equate to a generalized uni-directional and hierarchical orchestration of state/territory policy and service provision. The crucial case of mental health policy is presented as an alternative scenario in Australia's federal experience. Theoretically key challenges from the multi-level governance literature are proffered against the centralization thesis. Brief empirical analysis then highlights the role of the Commonwealth as a conduit of horizontal and vertical flows of knowledge through the national mental health policy agenda. While disconnect and diversity between the national ambitions and realization at state/territory level are revealed, it is argued more proceduralization and bottom up dialogue present an alternative route towards decentralised integration.