Australian Journal of Public Administration

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

Impact Factor: 0.416

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. Intergovernmental Relations and the Role of Senior Officials: Two Case Studies and Some Lessons Learned

    Glyn Davis and Helen Silver

    Article first published online: 23 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12171

    The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is the most important forum for intergovernmental relations in Australian federalism. Decision making processes in intergovernmental relations in Australia have been well documented in recent research, yet the role of senior officials in the COAG process is less often studied.

  2. Fixing Funding in the Australian Federation: Issues and Options for State Tax Reform

    Richard Eccleston and Helen Smith

    Article first published online: 23 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12176

    This paper outlines the tax and funding challenges facing states in the Australian federation. It argues that comprehensive reform including income, consumption and land taxes is required to improve the efficiency of the national tax system and to provide states and territories with adequate and sustainable funding.

  3. Subsidiarity in the Australian Public Sector: Finding Pragmatism in the Principle

    Jacob Deem, Robyn Hollander and A J Brown

    Article first published online: 20 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12175

    We use survey data of current and former Australian public servants to demonstrate that subsidiarity as a principle is perceived differently by different levels of government, but that pragmatism provides a 'common language' for understanding the principle.

  4. Gender in Public Administration: Looking Back and Moving Forward

    Gemma Carey and Helen Dickinson

    Article first published online: 3 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12172

    In an online virtual issue, we explore the history of gender and feminism since AJPA. It is clear that two major silences exist in public administration concerning gender. The first is the place of women and gender equity within public service workforces. The second silence is the role that feminist theories could play in tackling contemporary public management challenges. We argue that there are particular contributions that feminist theories could make in relation to topics such as collaboration, boundary-spanning and skill requirements for future public sector workers. In this editorial we therefore look backwards and forwards, examining how female public sector workers are defined within state bureaucracy, and what feminism can bring to the functioning of this bureaucracy in the future.

  5. Separating Sovereignty and Sharing Problems: Australian Federalism and the European Union

    Adrian Kay

    Article first published online: 3 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12173

    The concept of multi-level governance illuminates the capacity for, and barriers to, dynamism and innovation in the Australian federation. The focus is interactions between different jurisdictions at different spatial scales, showing that constitutional change in formal roles and responsibilities is notsufficient, perhaps not necessary, for reform of Australian federalism.