Abstract: “Coordination is one of the perennial concerns of public administration, and has been a particular problem of State‐level policy‐making in Australia. This paper describes a policy initiative under the Dunstan government in South Australia which was necessarily an exercise in State administrative coordination. The story illustrates the complexity of a multi‐Departmental program aimed at producing an innovative, flexible and decentralized policy. While it shows the awkwardness of conventional administrative and policy‐making procedures in such a situation, it also provides examples of constructive cooperation among and readjustment within departments. The general policy “parameters” inspired by the Dunstan government are regarded as a significant influence on the outcome of the program.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Australian Journal of Public Administration|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 1982|