The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)

The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) was established as a not-for-profit company in 2002 with the vision of creating a world-leading educational institution that teaches strategic management and high-level policy to public sector leaders. Formed by a consortium of governments, universities and business schools from Australia and New Zealand, the School is also home to a substantial research program that aims to deepen government, community and academic understanding of public administration, policy and management.

Led by Professor John Wanna, who is based at the ANU Research School of Social Sciences, the program’s agenda is built on innovative and cutting edge research in partnership with the public sector and academia to:

  • contribute to continued public sector reform;
  • support development and transmission of good practice in both policy and management;
  • inform debate on key issues in public administration; and
  • maintain the quality and relevance of ANZSOG’s teaching.

Politics, Policy and Public Administration in Theory and Practice »

Essays in Honour of Professor John Wanna

Tuesday, 15 June, 2021

This festschrift celebrates the extensive contribution John Wanna has made to the research and practice of politics, policy and public administration.

Collaboration for Impact »

Lessons from the Field

Monday, 28 September, 2020

Collaboration is often seen as a palliative for the many wicked problems challenging our communities. These problems affect some of the most vulnerable and unempowered people in our community.

Designing Governance Structures for Performance and Accountability »

Developments in Australia and Greater China

Tuesday, 14 July, 2020

Designing Governance Structures for Performance and Accountability discusses how formal and informal governance structures in Australia, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Taiwan may be designed to promote performance and to ensure

Competing for Influence »

The Role of the Public Service in Better Government in Australia

Authored by: Barry Ferguson
Friday, 12 July, 2019

Amidst growing dissatisfaction with the state of government performance and an erosion of trust in our political class, Competing for Influence asks: what sort of public service do we want in Australia?

Successful Public Policy »

Lessons from Australia and New Zealand

Tuesday, 30 April, 2019

In Australia and New Zealand, many public projects, programs and services perform well. But these cases are consistently underexposed and understudied.

Road Pricing and Provision »

Changed Traffic Conditions Ahead

Friday, 27 July, 2018

Road pricing is not a new concept—toll roads have existed in Australia since Governor Macquarie established one from Sydney to Parramatta in 1811—and distance-based charging schemes have been trialled and implemented with varying success overseas.

Opening Government »

Transparency and Engagement in the Information Age

Edited by: John Wanna, Sam Vincent
Sunday, 1 April, 2018

Transparency and citizen engagement remain essential to good government and sound public policy. Indeed, they may well be the key to restoring trust in government itself, currently at an all-time low in Australia.

Value for Money »

Budget and financial management reform in the People's Republic of China, Taiwan and Australia

Monday, 1 January, 2018

The Greater China Australia Dialogue on Public Administration has held annual workshops since 2011 on public administration themes of common interest to the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan and Australia.

Multi-level Governance  »

Conceptual challenges and case studies from Australia

Wednesday, 1 November, 2017

Important policy problems rarely fit neatly within existing territorial boundaries.

Australia, the European Union and the New Trade Agenda »

Thursday, 1 June, 2017

Australia (together with New Zealand) is one of the few Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries with which the EU does not have a comprehensive trade agreement.

Sharpening the Sword of State »

Building executive capacities in the public services of the Asia-Pacific

Tuesday, 1 November, 2016

Sharpening the Sword of State explores the various ways in which 10 jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific enhance their administrative capabilities through training and executive development.

Managing Consultants »

A practical guide for busy public sector managers

Authored by: Leo Dobes
Friday, 1 July, 2016

Public service cutbacks have increased reliance on consultants.

But new legislation and rules governing the procurement of services from consultants are scattered over different legislative instruments.

The Three Sector Solution »

Delivering public policy in collaboration with not-for-profits and business

Friday, 1 July, 2016

This collection of essays had its origins in a one-day workshop held in August 2015 at The Australian National University.

Social cost-benefit analysis in Australia and New Zealand »

The state of current practice and what needs to be done

Friday, 1 April, 2016

All is not well with the evaluation of government programs and projects.

Managing Under Austerity, Delivering Under Pressure »

Performance and Productivity in Public Service

Edited by: John Wanna, Hsu-Ann Lee, Sophie Yates
Thursday, 1 October, 2015

Contemporary public managers find themselves under pressure on many fronts.

A Dissident Liberal »

The Political Writings of Peter Baume

Authored by: Peter Baume
Edited by: John Wanna, Marija Taflaga
Tuesday, 1 September, 2015

In the ‘broad church’ of the Australian Liberal Party, rarely has there been a maverick so unrelenting in his commitment to personal principles as Senator Peter Baume.

New Accountabilities, New Challenges »

Wednesday, 1 April, 2015

This important and challenging volume of essays draws on insights from leading academics and public servants from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada and elsewhere.

Caretaker Conventions in Australasia »

Minding the shop for government

Wednesday, 1 October, 2014

In the second revised edition of this monograph, Jennifer Menzies and Anne Tiernan capably chart the often hazardous terrain of the ‘caretaker period’ that ensues from the time an election is called until a new government is formed.

Studies in Australian Political Rhetoric »

Edited by: John Uhr, Ryan Walter
Monday, 1 September, 2014

This edited collection includes eleven major case studies and one general review of rhetorical contest in Australian politics.

Future-Proofing the State »

Managing Risks, Responding to Crises and Building Resilience

Thursday, 1 May, 2014

This book focuses on the challenges facing governments and communities in preparing for and responding to major crises — especially the hard to predict yet unavoidable natural disasters ranging from earthquakes and tsunamis to floods and bushfires

Measuring and Promoting Wellbeing »

How Important is Economic Growth?

Tuesday, 1 April, 2014

Australia continues to be at the forefront of international work on measuring and promoting wellbeing, Ian Castles being a significant contributor over the last forty years as an official and academic. This book combines a selection of Castles’ im

Putting Citizens First »

Engagement in Policy and Service Delivery for the 21st Century

Thursday, 1 August, 2013

This book explores the ways in which governments are putting citizens first in their policy-making endeavours.

Australian Politics in a Digital Age »

Authored by: Peter Chen
Friday, 1 February, 2013

Information and communications technologies are increasingly important in the Australian political landscape.

Ministerial Careers and Accountability in the Australian Commonwealth Government »

Edited by: Keith Dowding, Chris Lewis
Saturday, 1 September, 2012

This book examines the roles, responsibilities and accountabilities of Australian cabinet ministers.

Past Law, Present Histories »

Edited by: Diane Kirkby
Saturday, 1 September, 2012

This collection brings methods and questions from humanities, law and social sciences disciplines to examine different instances of lawmaking.