Abstracts: March 26th, 2001

Behm A, Bennington L, Cummame JJournal of Management Development, (UK), 2000 Vol 19 No 3

Start page: 162. No of pages: 17

Looks at government policy formation in Australia and the quality of the policy advisory services that assist government ministers to reach policy decisions. Develops a new model of ‘value-creating’ policy services and discusses how this can be used to assess the quality of the policy advisory services. Describes the process used to develop the model – the interviews with policy services customers (government ministers, ex-ministers, key advisers, department secretaries and ex-secretaries), which asked about the aspects of the policy advice that they valued, and sets out what the analysis of this data revealed. Divides the analysis into two parts – the generation of ideas, and the transformation of these into policy – and analyses the value placed on them within the process. Explains how this is used to develop the value-creating model for policy services and discusses how it can be put into practice.

Subject(s): CENTRAL GOVERNMENT, POLICY, DECISION MAKING, EFFECTIVENESS, ADVISORY SERVICES, AUSTRALIA

Style: Theoretical with application in practice

ISSN: 0262-1711. Reference: 29AH310

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