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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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Public Employees’ Perceived Promotion Channels in Local China: Merit-based or Guanxi-orientated?

    Liang Ma, Huangfeng Tang and Bo Yan

    Article first published online: 16 MAR 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12147

    We classify public employees' perceptions of the reasons for their promotion into four groups: merit-based, guanxiorientated, ambidextrous (both) and fatalistic (neither). We use a national survey of Chinese public employees to test this framework and examine the antecedents and consequences of their perceived promotion channels.