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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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Reflections on policy advice in Australia

Reflections on policy advice in Australia

(p.121) Eight Reflections on policy advice in Australia
Policy Analysis In Australia

Carmen Lawrence

Policy Press

Any investigation of public policy necessarily canvasses questions of what governments do, why they do it and what difference it makes. This means examining not only who and what influences government activity, but also who devises policies and on what evidence.It means asking how to collectively decide what problems are worth worrying about and which to ignore. There is, inevitably, a great deal of uncertainty in judgments about which policies will be the most effective in producing desired outcomes and which policies will appeal to and be accepted by voters. In reality, most policies are really large scale field experiments conducted without much in the way of supportive evidence and often without follow up to check whether they worked. This chapter provides a practitioner’s perspective on the role of policy analysis.

Keywords:   Australian policy analysis, policy reform, women’s policy, policy lobbyists, mining tax, medicare

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