Governance and Civil Society (GOVT6156)


This unit provides an overview of contemporary debates about policy making in democratic states, such as Australia. It examines how 'governance' is constituted by the interaction between the state and civil society. Governance is an emerging area of interest for both government and non-government organisations, and this unit analyses the way these social, economic and political organisations interact to both create public policy agendas and lead to social and political change. The unit covers the configurations of policy communities, political networks and social movements which shape both representative and participatory democratic practice. There is a particular emphasis on understanding the strategies that different political actors adopt.

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1x2hr seminar/week


1x1500wd project analysis (20%), 1x1000wd research proposal (15%), 1x3000wd research report (50%), participation (15%)

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