- Title Pages
- List of figures and tables
- Contributor biographies
- One Towards a new progressive policy agenda
- Two Neoliberalism, the culture wars and public policy
- Three Macroeconomic policy after the Global Financial Crisis
- Four Putting together work and care in Australia: time for a new settlement?
- Five Welfare reform
- Six ‘Choice’ and ‘fairness’: the hollow core in industrial relations policy
- Seven Indigenous policy: Canberra consensus on a neoliberal project of improvement
- Eight Culture and diversity
- Nine The business of care: Australia’s experiment with the marketisation of childcare
- Ten Mixed messages in the new politics of education
- Eleven The accidental logic of health policy in Australia
- Twelve Loose moorings: debate and directions in Australian housing policy
- Thirteen Population policy
- Fourteen Australian cities: in pursuit of a national urban policy
- Fifteen Natural resource management: steering not rowing against the current in the Murray-Darling Basin
- Sixteen International perspectives: low carbon urban Australia in a time of transition
- Seventeen Politics and government
- Eighteen Federalism and intergovernmental relations
- Nineteen Citizen engagement in Australian policy making
- Twenty On escaping neoliberalism: concluding reflections
Politics and government
Politics and government
- (p.299) Seventeen Politics and government
- Australian public policy
- Policy Press
Are contemporary modes of public reasoning promoted by politics informative and responsive? Do current policy processes satisfy reasonable expectations of just outcomes, encourage trust and contain conflict? Is there a reasonable balance between competing interests preventing undue concentrations of resources, power and influence? These questions are examined in this chapter by considering the role of parties in the Australian political process before analysing the impact of reforms to the institutional framework of governance, especially the public service. These factors, it suggests, must be interpreted in the context of the ‘historical moment’ in which we find ourselves. In relation to governance trends, it then discusses whether a form of ‘court politics’ has developed in the Australian case, with reference to recent federal Labor governments.
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