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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 at the federal government level

Policy analysis at the federal government level

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Policy Analysis In Australia

John Wanna

Policy Press

This chapter explores Australian federal government policy-making over the past century, analysing its development and tracing trends, patterns and distinctive approaches.It notes the birth of the federal level of ‘limited’ government (the Commonwealth) from 1901, including the constitutional provisions and constraints it operated under, and the various ways it eventually attempted to circumvent these in order to undertake a broader national policy-making role. It explores the arrangements established to give expression to federal policy appetites, and the willingness of the federal level to engineer institutional adaptation as political, economic and social circumstances changed. Finally, the chapter explores the eclectic frames and theoretical underpinnings of these policy approaches, linking them to broader political values and scholarly/intellectual disciplinary fields that informed its specific choices and forms of intervention.

Keywords:   Australian policy analysis, Australian federal government, federal powers, policy development, implementation

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