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.

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.


Whistling While They Work »

A good-practice guide for managing internal reporting of wrongdoing in public sector organisations

Authored by: Peter Roberts, A. J. Brown, Jane Olsen
Publication date: September 2011

Delivering Policy Reform »

Anchoring Significant Reforms in Turbulent Times

Publication date: April 2011

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.


The Rudd Government »

Australian Commonwealth Administration 2007–2010

Edited by: Chris Aulich, Mark Evans
Publication date: December 2010

This edited collection examines Commonwealth administration under the leadership Prime Minister Kevin Rudd from 2007-2010.


Public Policy »

Why ethics matters

Publication date: October 2010

Ethics is a vigorously contested field. There are many competing moral frameworks, and different views about how normative considerations should inform the art and craft of governmental policy making.


Fiducial Governance »

An Australian republic for the new millennium

Authored by: John Power
Publication date: July 2010

Fiducial Governance: An Australian republic for the new millennium represents an attempt to grapple with the challenges of designing governance regimes suited to the new millennium.


The Ayes Have It »

The history of the Queensland Parliament, 1957–1989

Authored by: John Wanna, Tracey Arklay
Publication date: July 2010

‘The Ayes Have It’ is a fascinating account of the Queensland Parliament during three decades of high-drama politics.


Framing the Global Economic Downturn »

Crisis rhetoric and the politics of recessions

Edited by: Paul `t Hart, Karen Tindall
Publication date: September 2009

The global economic downturn that followed the collapse of major US financial institutions is no doubt the most significant crisis of our times.


Does History Matter? »

Making and debating citizenship, immigration and refugee policy in Australia and New Zealand

Edited by: Klaus Neumann, Gwenda Tavan
Publication date: September 2009

This volume of essays represents the first systematic attempt to explore the use of the past in the making of citizenship and immigration policy in Australia and New Zealand.


The Role of Departmental Secretaries »

Personal reflections on the breadth of responsibilities today

Authored by: Andrew Podger
Publication date: June 2009

Andrew Podger’s monograph, The Role of Departmental Secretaries, Personal reflections on the breadth of responsibilities today, is an important contribution to the broader public policy discourse in Australia.


The Dilemmas of Engagement »

The Role of Consultation in Governance

Authored by: Jenny Stewart
Publication date: June 2009

‘Consultation’ has become something of a mantra in contemporary governance. Governments well understand that policy occurs in a highly contestable environment in which there are multiple, and often competing interests.


Critical Reflections on Australian Public Policy »

Selected Essays

Edited by: John Wanna
Publication date: May 2009

This collection of ‘critical reflections’ on Australian public policy offers a valuable contribution to public discussion of important political and policy issues facing our nation and society.


The Centrelink Experiment »

Innovation in Service Delivery

Authored by: John Halligan, Jules Wills
Publication date: December 2008

Centrelink was established in 1997 as part of the Howard government’s bold experiment in re-framing social policy and re-shaping service delivery.


Collaborative Governance »

A new era of public policy in Australia?

Publication date: December 2008

Public Leadership »

Perspectives and practices

Edited by: Paul `t Hart, John Uhr
Publication date: November 2008

‘Leadership’ is routinely admired, vilified, ridiculed, invoked, trivialised, explained and speculated about in the media and in everyday conversation.


Whistleblowing in the Australian Public Sector »

Enhancing the theory and practice of internal witness management in public sector organisations

Edited by: A. J. Brown
Publication date: September 2008

Of the many challenges in public sector management, few are as complex as the management of whistleblowing.


Steady Hands Needed »

Reflections on the role of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia 1979-1999

Edited by: Trevor Wilson, Graham Cooke
Publication date: August 2008

In this monograph, five former secretaries of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) reflect on their experiences and the challenges of their times.


Whatever Happened to Frank and Fearless? »

The impact of new public management on the Australian Public Service

Authored by: Kathy MacDermott
Publication date: July 2008

In this evidence-based and closely argued work, Kathy MacDermott plots the changes in the culture of the Australian Public Service that have led many contemporary commentators to lament the purported loss of traditional public service values of im


Minding the Gap »

Appraising the promise and performance of regulatory reform in Australia

Authored by: Peter Carroll, Rex Deighton-Smith, Helen Silver, Chris Walker
Publication date: June 2008

‘Mind the Gap!’ is an almost iconic exhortation, originating in the London Underground, warning travellers to be careful when navigating the ‘gap’ between the platform and train.


Australia Under Construction »

Nation-building past, present and future

Edited by: John Butcher
Publication date: April 2008

The Australian nation is a work in progress. So conclude the authors whose views are represented in this most recent offering in the ANZSOG monograph series, Australia Under Construction: Nation-building past, present and future.


Federalism and Regionalism in Australia »

New Approaches, New Institutions?

Edited by: A. J. Brown, Jennifer Bellamy
Publication date: August 2007

Australia’s federal system is in a state of flux and its relevance is being challenged. Dramatic shifts are occurring in the ways in which power and responsibility are shared between governments.


Re-Visioning Arts and Cultural Policy »

Current Impasses and Future Directions

Authored by: Jennifer Craik
Publication date: July 2007

In this monograph, Jennifer Craik undertakes a critical and historical analysis of the main imperatives of arts and cultural policy in Australia.


A Passion for Policy »

Essays in Public Sector Reform

Edited by: John Wanna
Publication date: June 2007

This collection of papers is concerned with issues of policy development, practice, implementation and performance.


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