The School’s public policy and governance research is diverse and centrally focused on understanding how public policy is made, how it is implemented, and how governance conditions at local, national, regional and international levels are changing. We are interested in understanding how ideas, individuals, interest groups and all kinds of institutions shape public policy and the world.
Many of the enduring puzzles that define public policy, and the political science discipline more broadly, are our core concerns. We conduct research on policy agenda setting, policy decision making, and policy design and implementation. We also address the numerous dynamic issues facing public administrations and public managers, in the face of constantly evolving governing conditions. Our staff analyse public policy and administration against a range of concerns about complexity, power and democracy.
In our School, the study of public policy and governance is a broad church, including: critical policy studies; international comparative policy analysis; studies of governance change; public sector reform; organisational behaviour; and street-level bureaucracy. We are highly engaged with policy practitioners through our teaching programs and our research projects.
A number of internationally leading scholars and a growing number of up and coming early- and mid-career academics comprise our public policy and governance staff. Our focus on conducting and disseminating high quality research has resulted in our staff being published in the world’s best journals and university presses, as well as being awarded journal prizes, and winning Australian Research Council Discovery and Linkage grants, as well as international grants.
|Crisis management||Governance||Indigenous policy||Organisational behaviour|
|Policy agenda setting||Policy decision-making||Policy design||Political psychology|
|Public administration||Public budgets and accountability||Public management and leadership||Welfare and social policy|
Geographic regions of research
|Australia and New Zealand||Central Asia||Northern America||Northern Europe|
|South-eastern Asia||Southern Europe||Western Europe|
Our research projects
Getting welfare to work: A research program on governance reforms
This program of research aims to model and explain the governance dynamics of welfare to work in Australia and comparator nations.
Understanding political debate and policy decisions using big data
This project aims to empirically test a novel framework for analysing the relationship between political debates and policy decisions.
Understanding the causes and consequences of political and institutional trust
This project used a series of cross-national survey experiments allowing us to better understand the causes and consequences of political and institutional trust.
Scaling-up the impact of voluntary sustainability standards
From niche labels to catalysts to systemic change?
The new digital governance of welfare to work
Getting Welfare To Work: a research program on governance reforms.