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: 0.435

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 35/46 (Public Administration)

Online ISSN: 1467-8500

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Each year IPAA/University of Canberra Public Administration Research Trust Fund makes a number of small grants to assist researchers in meeting various kinds of study expense. The expectation is that projects assisted by grants from the Fund will lead to publication of articles in AJPA or in other appropriate public administration outlets.

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Recently Published Articles

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. How High Should They Jump? An Empirical Method for Setting Municipal Financial Ratio Performance Benchmarks

    Joseph Drew and Brian Dollery

    Article first published online: 24 APR 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12152

    Failure to take account of the environmental challenges facing councils can result in inappropriate or unattainable performance benchmarks which may give rise to unintended consequences. To address this problem, we develop an empirical method for allocating performance benchmarks with respect to the current level of performance and environmental constraints facing individual local authorities. We demonstrate this technique in a case study using data drawn from New South Wales local authority operating ratios.

  5. What Do We Talk About Now? Reflecting on Publications in AJPA 1970–2015

    Catherine Althaus

    Article first published online: 23 APR 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12150

    This article reflects on 45 years of articles published in the Australian Journal of Public Administration (AJPA), providing commentary not only on the journal's status and future but also the state of public administration in Australia. The analysis builds on a first study conducted in 1997, continuing the themes of institutional affiliation, subject matter and research methodology as key categories for AJPA article analysis. The context for the analysis is the advent of the journal's new editorial team. The article concludes that several opportunities present themselves for AJPA's future including performing a strategic stocktake of the discipline and debating its merits as well as marking out what might make for a peculiarly Australian form of public administration (if any) in the contemporary era.