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
Impact Factor: 0.667
ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 34/47 (Public Administration)
Online ISSN: 1467-8500
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Commissioning Human Services: Lessons from Australian Convict Contracting
Gary L. Sturgess, George Argyrous and Sara Rahman
Version of Record online: 12 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12234
The contracting system used to transport convicts to Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries may assist in understanding contemporary debates about the management of complex public services under contract, and provides insight into the role of public service commissioners in ensuring quality outcomes.