Focus Sharpens on Change, Reform and Transparency

by Dec 10, 2020News

Professor Helen Dickinson

Australian Journal of Public Administration Editor in Chief, Dr Helen Dickinson

Change, reform and transparency are themes explored by a diverse range of Australian and international authors in the December issue of the Australian Journal of Public Administration.

A controversy on whether working from home will become the ‘new normal’ — written by Sue Williamson (UNSW Canberra), Linda Colley (CQUniversity) and Sally Hanna-Osborne (UNSW Canberra) — is already drawing significant attention with downloads of the paper already putting it amongst the top 10 papers for downloads in 2020.

Some research and evaluation highlights include:

  • ‘Employees’ resistance to users’ ideas in public service innovation’ by Line Margrethe Jenhaug (Inland University of Applied Sciences, Norway)
  • ‘Uber in Queensland: From policy fortress to policy change’ by Elliot James Stein and Brian W. Head (University of Queensland), and
  • ‘Maintaining neutrality in the Minister’s office’ by Rose Cole (University of Wellington).

Michael Di Francesco from The Australian National University has written a timely practice insight called ‘A signal failure: Sports grants, public servants, and traffic lights’.

And two recently published books on public administration are reviewed:

  •  ‘A transatlantic history of public administration. Analysing the United State, Germany, and France’ published in 2018 is reviewed by John Halligan (University of Canberra), and
  • ‘The problem with political trust: A conceptual reformulation’ published in 2019 is reviewed by Vicki A. Spencer (University of Otago).

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