Public Policy in Australia and the Politicisation of the Employment Relationship? A Framework for Analysis

Hong Kong Baptist University
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Conference Proceeding
Proceedings of the 14th International Employment Relations Association Conference, 2007, pp. 143 - 156
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The issue of politicisation of the public service has been of considerable interest in a number of countries over recent years as governments have sought to exercise greater direct control over the executive wing in order to insure effective and rapid implementation of their policy changes (ABC, 2002; Colley, 2001; Pullin & Haidar, 2003; Spry, 2001). Although such concerns can be readily evidenced in writings going back more than a century (Lord Morley, 1889), in Australia there has been an increased academic and societal interest in the matter over the past twenty years in response both to government appointments and replacements of senior public servants, as well as a number of high profile crises in which an independent public service voice appeared absent (Emy & Hughes, 1988; Hawkes, 1999: 80; Henderson, 1986:33; Mulgan, 1998a: 3; Nethercote, 2003; Parker & Nethercote, 1996; Podger, 2004:9- 10; Weller, 1989: 369).
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