Delivering Policy Reform

Delivering Policy Reform

Anchoring Significant Reforms in Turbulent Times

Edited by: Evert A. Lindquist, Sam Vincent, John Wanna orcid

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Predictable and unpredictable challenges continually confront the policy settings and policy frameworks of governments. They provide a constantly changing dynamic within which policy-making operates. Governments at all levels are asking their public services to identify innovative and workable reforms to anticipate and address these challenges. Public service leaders around the world are struggling not only to better anticipate emerging demands but also to address reform backlogs. However, time and time again, major policy reforms can prove tough to implement – especially in turbulent environments – and even tougher to anchor over time. This leads to considerable uncertainty and inefficiency as governments and policy communities try to keep pace with change. Policies that unravel or are dismantled are costly and represent wasted opportunities. They lead to cynicism about the effectiveness of governments and public service advice more generally, making it more difficult to deal with other emerging challenges.

This volume of proactive essays on delivering policy reform offers an intriguing blend of strategic policy advice and management insight. It brings together a diverse range of highquality contributors from overseas as well as from Australia and New Zealand – including national political leaders, public service executives, heads of independent agencies, and leading international scholars.

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Part I. The reform challenge

  1. Delivering policy reform: making it happen, making it stick (PDF, 168KB)Evert A. Lindquist and John Wanna doi
  2. ‘Don’t waste the crisis’: the agenda for public-policy reforms in a turbulent world (PDF, 381KB)Aart de Geus doi
  3. Making reforms sustainable: lessons from the American policy reform experience (PDF, 251KB)Eric M. Patashnik doi

Part II. National reform initiatives

  1. How to design and deliver reform that makes a real difference:what recent history has taught us as a nation (PDF, 208KB)Paul Kelly doi
  2. The ‘new responsibility model’ for New Zealand public-sector CEOs (PDF, 265KB)The Hon. Bill English doi
  3. A portent of things to come: lessons from a reforming minister (PDF, 264KB)The Hon. Lindsay Tanner doi
  4. The agenda for achieving a world-class public sector: making reforms that matter in the face of challenges (PDF, 424KB)Stephen Sedgwick doi
  5. Collaborative reform: lessons from the COAG Reform Council, 2008–2010 (PDF, 290KB)Mary Ann O’Loughlin doi
  6. Entrenching ‘Rogernomics’ in New Zealand: political and academic perspectives (PDF, 329KB)Jonathan Boston and Sir Roger Douglas doi
  7. Institutional renewal and reform: the challenge of the Commonwealth of Nations (PDF, 410KB)The Hon. Michael Kirby doi

Part III. Tackling and anchoring reform initiatives

  1. Tackling cartels: lessons for making and entrenching reform (PDF, 310KB)William E. Kovacic doi
  2. The overhaul of Australian immigration practices, 2005–2010 (PDF, 488KB)Andrew Metcalfe doi
  3. Getting integrity reforms adopted internationally (PDF, 824KB)Jeremy Pope doi
  4. Sustaining water reform in Australia (PDF, 571KB)Ken Matthews doi
  5. Up in smoke: combating tobacco through legislative reform (PDF, 803KB)Rob Moodie doi
  6. Improving road safety: perspectives from Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission (PDF, 371KB)Janet Dore doi
  7. Epilogue: rules for reformers (PDF, 558KB)Paul ‘t Hart doi

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