Australian Journal of Public Administration

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

Impact Factor: 1.072

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 30/47 (Public Administration)

Online ISSN: 1467-8500

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Congratulations to Dean Carson and Adam Wellstead for winners the 2015 Sam Richardson Award for the best paper published in the 2015 volume of AJPA!

The winning paper by Carson and Wellstead can be read here: Government with a Cast of Dozens: Policy Capacity Risks and Policy Work in the Northern Territory.

Recently Published Articles

  1. Do Municipal Mergers Improve Technical Efficiency? An Empirical Analysis of the 2008 Queensland Municipal Merger Program

    Dana McQuestin, Joseph Drew and Brian Dollery

    Version of Record online: 18 OCT 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12286

    This paper examines the 2008 Queensland forced amalgamation program—which saw the reduction in local municipalities from 157 to 73—in terms of the impacts of the reform on the relative technical efficiency of affected municipalities compared to their non-amalgamated peers.

  2. Are We Being Served? Emotional Labour in Local Government in Victoria, Australia

    Julie Rayner and Alan Lawton

    Version of Record online: 15 OCT 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12282

    It explores how front-line street-level bureaucrats (SLBs) deal with the expectations of customers in daily work and how this may be impacted by emotional labour. The study analyses data from 41 interviews with SLBs in local councils in Victoria, Australia and identifies the resources that enable SLBs to cope.

  3. Conceptualising a Framework for Effective Performance Measurement in Cultural Precinct Development and Operation

    Rebekah Schulz, Andrew Sense and Matthew Pepper

    Version of Record online: 6 OCT 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12281

    This paper identifies and examines key concepts associated with appropriate and beneficial performance measurement of cultural precincts operated by government agencies. It also provides for consideration a framework for systematic and customer-oriented performance measurement development in this context.

  4. After the Ribbon Cutting: Governing PPPs in the Medium to Long Term (pages 330–351)

    Graeme Hodge, Emille Boulot, Colin Duffield and Carsten Greve

    Version of Record online: 11 SEP 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12239

    The long-term challenge of governing PPPs is explored by interviewing industry insiders. The article emphasizes good public administration and evolving governance arrangements. Interviewees agreed PPP governance had improved. But views differed on the capability and performance of Australian states in undertaking this task and on the adequacy of contractual transparency.

  5. The East West Link PPP Project's Failure to Launch: When One Crash-Through Approach is Not Enough (pages 352–377)

    Michael De Martinis and Leslie Moyan

    Version of Record online: 11 SEP 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12243

    The failure to launch of the $ 22.8 billion East West Link (EWL) freeway/toll way is examined via key events and controversies, and non-fulfillment of 13 key Partnerships Victoria requirements, including on the choice of PPP as a procurement option and delivery of value-for-money. A number of lessons are presented.