Australian Journal of Public Administration
© National Council of the Institute of Public Administration Australia
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
Sam Richardson Award 2013
Recently Published Articles
- 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.
- 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.
- Crowding Out Meritocracy? – Cultural Constraints in Chinese Public Human Resource Management
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.
- 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
- 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.