Successful Public Policy in Australia and New Zealand: A Research Seminar.

May 25, 2018

SPGers Paul ‘t Hart and Jo Luetjens, together with Michael Mintrom from the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, convened a two day authors’ workshop in Melbourne in preparation for the development of their edited volume Successful Public Policy: Lessons from Australia and New Zealand. On the 24-25 May, 2018, close to 25 policy scholars and policy domain experts from across Australia and New Zealand came together to present and discuss 18 case studies, with a view towards an early 2019 publication.


The Successful Public Policy, and its companion international volume, Great Policy Successes, both aim to reset the agenda for teaching, research, and dialogue on public policy performance which is currently dominated by the language of shortcomings, failures, disappointments. The aim of this volume is to see, acknowledge, and learn from past and present instances of highly effective and highly valued public policymaking in both the Australian and New Zealand contexts. The workshop provided a platform for volume authors and policy scholars to discuss conceptual, methodological, and theoretical issues that they have faced in the development of their chapters. 

We wish to thank everyone involved for making it such an enjoyable and productive experience and we very much look forward to their final products. 

For the book proposal, see here.





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