Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)

ANZSOG publishes a series of monographs and occasional papers, under the auspices of ANU Press. This series addresses a diverse range of topics on public policy and administration, from both practical and theoretical perspectives. Contributors are drawn from academia, government and the private sector.

Please note: The following list of titles is sorted by publication date, with the most recent first.

Competing for Influence »

The Role of the Public Service in Better Government in Australia

Authored by: Barry Ferguson
Publication date: 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

Publication date: 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

Publication date: 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
Publication date: 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

Publication date: 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

Publication date: November 2017

Important policy problems rarely fit neatly within existing territorial boundaries.


Australia, the European Union and the New Trade Agenda »

Publication date: 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

Publication date: 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
Publication date: 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

Publication date: 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

Publication date: 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
Publication date: 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
Publication date: 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 »

Publication date: 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

Publication date: 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
Publication date: 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

Publication date: 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?

Publication date: 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

Publication date: 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
Publication date: 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
Publication date: September 2012

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


Past Law, Present Histories »

Edited by: Diane Kirkby
Publication date: September 2012

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


Public Sector Governance in Australia »

Authored by: Meredith Edwards, John Halligan, Bryan Horrigan, Geoffrey Nicoll
Publication date: July 2012

Australia lacks a scholarly book that covers recent developments in public sector governance in Australia and blends cross-disciplinary perspectives from law, management, public administration and public policy.


With the Benefit of Hindsight »

Valedictory Reflections from Departmental Secretaries, 2004–11

Publication date: April 2012

Secretaries of government departments in Australia are the bureaucratic leaders of their generation.


Inside the Canberra Press Gallery »

Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House

Authored by: Rob Chalmers
Publication date: October 2011

Before television, radio, and later the internet came to dominate the coverage of Australian politics, the Canberra Press Gallery existed in a world far removed from today’s 24-hour news cycle, spin doctors and carefully scripted sound bites.


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