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: 2015: 34/47 (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. Evidence in the Networked Governance of Regional Decarbonisation: A Critical Appraisal

    Sally Weller and John Tierney

    Version of Record online: 20 MAR 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12244

    This paper examines the use of evidence in networked governance. Using a staged policy framework, it shows that each stage of the process invoked a different type of evidence. The addition of new evidence shifted the definition of the problem in a way that enabled the process to move to the next stage. The conclusions reflect on the implications of policy-led evidence for democratic government and the challenges of decarbonisation.

  2. Encouraging Writing on the White Walls: Co-production in Museums and the Influence of Professional Bodies

    Anne Kershaw, Kerrie Bridson and Melissa A. Parris

    Version of Record online: 16 MAR 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12245

    The study of co-production in Australian museums reveals the influence of ‘institutional inertia’. Despite the potential benefits if offers, museums have resisted the pressure to co-produce. This research investigates the inability of professional bodies to ‘diffuse’ co-production within the sector and achieve the change in museum practice required by co-production.

  3. Why Performance Management Should Not Be Like Dieting

    Deborah Blackman, Fiona Buick and Michael O'Donnell

    Version of Record online: 11 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12238

    Dieters following fads focus on short-term loss, rather than habitual modifications necessary for long-term weight change. This might explain why despite organisations pursuing perfect employee performance management systems (akin to dieting fads), they remain ineffective. We argue that when performance management is core business, sustainable practices emerge that enable high performance.

  4. Neutral – Neither Trustees nor Hired Guns: The Experiences and Preferences of Local Government Councillors of NSW Australia

    Ali Haidar and Keri Spooner

    Version of Record online: 26 JAN 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12240

    This empirical study of the views of New South Wales councillors Australia found that the council staff to be as neutral in their behaviour as they expect them to be and that they are neither responsive nor do they act as the trustee of the public interest.

  5. Recruiting CEOs in Local Government: A ‘Game of Musical Chairs’?

    Jacquie Hutchinson, Elizabeth Walker and Fiona Haslam McKenzie

    Version of Record online: 14 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12236

    This article reports on a study that investigates what elected and appointed officials believe are necessary attributes for appointment to the role of local government CEO and the processes used to recruit suitable candidates. The findings highlight two distinct types of leadership that reflect very different concepts of local government.