Governance, Power and Public Policy
Get a thorough overview of the process of developing Australian government policy. Query the role of the public service. Shine a light on dilemmas that can arise. Draw on local examples that illustrate the complexity of the policy-making process.
Enrolments for this year have closed. Apply for 2020
This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- show that different theoretical lenses can be used to explain the development of public policy, and expound conflicts and agreements between different approaches
- analyse the links between information, 'facts' and judgment in explaining policy outcomes
- use intelligible argument to explicate dilemmas and issues in policy making
- undertake research within guidance against stated problems
- rehearse controversies around selected contemporary and historical issues of policy
- show abilities in written and oral form in communicating ideas, arguments and conclusions.
- Introduction; Government
- Parliament and Policy
- Policy Actors
- The Media as Policy Agenda Settlers; ideology Economics and Public Policy
- Keynes and Neo-Liberalism
- Market Failure
- Economic Policy
- Social Policy
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
Knowledge of the institutions of Australian government is important for the subject. Students should have studied some politics at 100 level prior to undertaking this subject.
No special requirements
This subject was previously known as POIX207 Australian Governments and Public Policy
- Online/in-class (10%)
- Quizzes (50%)
- Research Essay (40%)