Policy in Practice: Delivering Value (GSOG6001)


This unit examines the design, implementation and evaluation of policy in contemporary democracies. Reflecting the varying roles of the public sector - for example, regulator, service provider and law-maker - policy is approached as an exercise that occurs within specific institutional, historical, political and economic contexts rather than an abstract ideal. Through tailored case studies, this unit will explore issue-identification and framing, consultation, decision making, implementation and evaluation. Government is increasingly understood as a generator of public value, and effective policy is the central mechanism through which public value is delivered. Focusing on practitioner perspectives, the unit explores relevant theoretical and analytical frameworks. Throughout the unit there is an emphasis on the need for policy which is informed by the best available evidence and which, as much as possible, actively engages citizens and builds trust in public institutions and services. National and international policy transfer, the impact of globalisation and the challenges of the information explosion will be considered.

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1x8hr seminar/week, 8.30am-4.30pm Thursday, weeks 1 to 4 and weeks 8 to 10


2x500wd critical summaries (2x15%), 1500wd group proposal (10%), 20min group presentation (20%), 2000wd Essay (40%)


GSOG6001 unit reader; Althaus, C, Bridgman, P and David, G The Australina Policy Handbook 5th Edition.

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Students who are not undertaking the award courses GDPA, MPAdmin or EMPA must have the permission of the Director, Graduate School of Government, to take this unit of study.

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