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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Sam Richardson Award 2013

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IPAA are delighted to announce the winner of the 2013 Sam Richardson award is Michael Di Francesco, for his paper 'Under Cover of Westminster: Enabling and Disabling a Public Service Commission in New South Wales'. Click here to read the article, and here for the list of past winners.

Recently Published Articles

  1. Determining the Optimal Size of Local Government: The Case of Tasmanian Councils

    Rui Cunha Marques, Michael A. Kortt and Brian Dollery

    Article first published online: 13 APR 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12151

    The optimal size of the most significant functions performed by Tasmanian councils was estimated. Results indicate that water supply and sewerage services were more efficient, while activities related to community health and safety and information systems warrant improvement. However, since the costs of water supply and sewerage services are higher, the elimination of these inefficiencies would result in greater cost-savings.

  2. The Concept of ‘Merit’ in Australia, China and Taiwan

    Andrew Podger and Hon Chan

    Article first published online: 24 MAR 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12148

    The article provides an overview of an AJPA symposium on the application of the ‘merit principle’ in China, Taiwan and Australia. Other symposium articles focus on China and Taiwan, while this overview also provides a description of the Australian approach. The article draws out the different approaches in the three countries relating these to each country's institutional arrangements and histories, and to its culture. It also identifies the different challenges each country faces as it looks to apply merit, and how these relate in particular to the role of government in each country, the relationship between politics and administration, and the country's culture.

  3. Unintended Consequences: Implications of the 2014 Australian Defence Force Pay Deal

    Sue Williamson, Michael O'Donnell and Joshua Shingles

    Article first published online: 24 MAR 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12149

    In 2014, Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel were granted a modest pay rise of 4.5 per cent over three years. This article uses the concept of the psychological contract to argue that the pay rise breaches the Australian Government's obligations towards ADF personnel that is likely to have unintended consequences.

  4. Crowding Out Meritocracy? – Cultural Constraints in Chinese Public Human Resource Management

    Zhibin Zhang

    Article first published online: 16 MAR 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12146

    With fourteen case studies, this paper examines how the Chinese bureaucratic culture, including favoritism, nepotism, localism, and factionalism prevailing within Chinese officialdom has undermined the development in China of a modern meritocracy-based civil service system. It also demonstrates that the Chinese civil service institutions failed to address these cultural constraints.

  5. Learning about Learning: Discovering the Work of Policy by Adams, Colebatch, and Walker

    Catherine Althaus, Peter Bridgman and Glyn Davis

    Article first published online: 16 MAR 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12145