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Australian public policyProgressive ideas in the neo-liberal ascendency$
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Chris Miller and Lionel Orchard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447312673

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447312673.001.0001

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Politics and government

Politics and government

(p.299) Seventeen Politics and government
Australian public policy

James Walter

Zareh Ghazarian

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.

Keywords:   politics, government, institutional practices, communication, public reasoning, policy deliberation

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