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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 professionals in context

Policy professionals in context

advisors and ministers

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(p.23) Two Policy professionals in context
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Policy Analysis In Australia
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Patrick Weller

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447310273.003.0002

This chapter argues that to understand the role of the policy professionals in government today, the best strategy is to contrast their role forty or more years ago with what it is now. It contrasts the Australian policy advisory system in 1972, when the Whitlam Labor government came to power, with the system in 2013, when the Abbott Coalition government came to power. It finds that the system today is entirely changed.It is more professional, more apolitical, and more equitable, but senior officials are less secure and more exposed in their jobs, which have become more complex in a more complex environment. The comparatively closed environment of the 1970s has burst open with more advisers and greater connections with the policy world outside.

Keywords:   Australian policy analysis, policy professionals, policy capacity, ministerial advisers

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