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Policy Analysis In Australia$
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Kate Crowley

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310273

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310273.001.0001

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Policy analysis in Australia

Policy analysis in Australia

context, themes and challenges

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Policy Analysis In Australia

Kate Crowley

Brian Head

Policy Press

This chapter provides an overview of the various contexts for ‘policy advising’ and policy capacity within and beyond government in Australia. The chapter identifies key forms of policy analysis, in both academic and practitioner contexts. Five broad approaches to the academic study of policy are distinguished, and the impacts of academic research and teaching are noted. The chapter also outlines the main themes covered by the expert contributors in later chapters of this volume. These themes include the evolving challenges for policy advising and policy inquiry processes within the public sector; the diversification of sources of advice, including the growing role of ministerial advisors, consultants, think tanks and media-enabled channels of opinion; the strengths and weaknesses of parties, trade unions, business associations and community organisations in developing and disseminating policy advice; and the role of scholarly research and teaching within these broad policy processes.

Keywords:   Australian policy analysis, policy advice, policy capacity in Australia, policy research in Australia, public policy in Australia

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