COORDINATION IN STATE ADMINISTRATION: A CASE STUDY

Andrew Parkin, Judith Healy

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-231
Number of pages13
JournalAustralian Journal of Public Administration
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1982

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