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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 and policy analysis in Australian states

Policy and policy analysis in Australian states

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(p.87) Six Policy and policy analysis in Australian states
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Policy Analysis In Australia
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John Phillimore

Tracey Arklay

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447310273.003.0006

Understanding policy analysis within State and Territory governments in Australia presents quite a challenge. State governments are part of a federation in which the Commonwealth government is fiscally dominant and has greatly expanded its policy ambition and reach over the past century. As a result, many areas of government activity, previously the sole preserve of State governments have become concurrent areas of policy formulation and implementation. Determining the precise role of States individually or collectively in such shared policy areas is inherently difficult. This chapter begins by looking at similarities and differences in State-level policy analysis compared to the federal level. It then looks at commonalities and differences between the States themselves, before drawing some conclusions on the policy patterns, decisions and styles across subnational government.

Keywords:   Australian policy analysis, Australian state governments, state policy analysis, intergovernmental relations

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