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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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Expert policy advisory bodies

Expert policy advisory bodies

Chapter:
(p.151) Ten Expert policy advisory bodies
Source:
Policy Analysis In Australia
Author(s):

Jenny Stewart

Scott Prasser

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447310273.003.0010

This chapter offers an overview of government established and supported expert policy advisory bodies at the federal level in Australia from the 1970s to 2010. It considers firstly, why were these specialised bodies established outside the formal permanent bureaucracy? Secondly, what has given these bodies their ‘expertness’? Thirdly, what processes have they employed and how have these processes contributed both to perceptions of their expertness and their value in policy development? Fourthly, what has been their impact on policy; has it gone beyond the specific issues on which they have provided advice and affected the wider debate and agenda? Last, what do the operations and perceived success or failure of these bodies tell us about the nature of policy development in Australia and the role of expertise?

Keywords:   Australian advisory bodies, productivity commission, Australian law reform commission, science technology and engineering council

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