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: 2014: 38/46 (Public Administration)

Online ISSN: 1467-8500

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This award is presented annually to the author of the most influential article published in the Australian Journal of Public Administration. This year the winner was Leadership in Local Government: ‘No Girls Allowed’ by Jacquie Hutchinson, Elizabeth Walker and Fiona Haslam McKenzie.

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  1. Success and Failure in Environment Policy: The Role of Policy Officials

    Kathleen Mackie

    Article first published online: 26 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12170

    The article provides an insight into policy success and failure drawing on in-depth interviews of 51 Australian federal government environment policy officials and case studies to unearth whether they think new policies will succeed, and what factors they think are key to policy success. It argues policy theory would benefit from renewed focus on the backroom and unspoken role played by officials in pursuing policy success and avoiding failure.

  2. Housing in a Federation: From Wicked Problem to Complexity Cascade?

    James Walter and Carolyn Holbrook

    Article first published online: 26 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12174

    This article examines intergovernmental relations in the history of Australian housing policy and in relation to the federation reform process. It suggests that the engagement of multiple agencies and disparate policy domains in housing policy might be productively clarified by adopting the policy cascade approach from complexity theory.

  3. Intergovernmental Relations and the Role of Senior Officials: Two Case Studies and Some Lessons Learned

    Glyn Davis and Helen Silver

    Article first published online: 23 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12171

    The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is the most important forum for intergovernmental relations in Australian federalism. Decision making processes in intergovernmental relations in Australia have been well documented in recent research, yet the role of senior officials in the COAG process is less often studied.

  4. Fixing Funding in the Australian Federation: Issues and Options for State Tax Reform

    Richard Eccleston and Helen Smith

    Article first published online: 23 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12176

    This paper outlines the tax and funding challenges facing states in the Australian federation. It argues that comprehensive reform including income, consumption and land taxes is required to improve the efficiency of the national tax system and to provide states and territories with adequate and sustainable funding.

  5. Subsidiarity in the Australian Public Sector: Finding Pragmatism in the Principle

    Jacob Deem, Robyn Hollander and A J Brown

    Article first published online: 20 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12175

    We use survey data of current and former Australian public servants to demonstrate that subsidiarity as a principle is perceived differently by different levels of government, but that pragmatism provides a 'common language' for understanding the principle.