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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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Consultants, think tanks and public policy

Consultants, think tanks and public policy

(p.167) Eleven Consultants, think tanks and public policy
Policy Analysis In Australia

Ariadne Vromen

Patrick Hurley

Policy Press

This chapter examines the rise of niche policy analysis organisations in Australia in response to the demand for specialised advice that is both external to government and independent of formal organised interest groups. The recent proliferation of think tanks is outlined, and factors underlying this growth are considered. The spectrum of think tanks is described. The increasing reliance by government agencies on the reports of consultancy firms, for both policy advice and program review, is documented and assessed. The chapter highlights the increasing diversity of Australian think tanks and the rise of consultants as government contractors, to comprehensively understand their policy role. Yet it also highlights the difficulties in studying policy influence, which would need a more sophisticated and nuanced view.

Keywords:   Australian policy analysis, Australian think tanks, Australian policy consultancies

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