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Dilemmas of policy innovation in the public sector: a case study of the National Innovation Summit

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Marsh, I and Edwards, L (2009) Dilemmas of policy innovation in the public sector: a case study of the National Innovation Summit. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 68 (4). pp. 399-413. ISSN 0313-6647

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Abstract

Policy innovation is a significant challenge for the public sector. This article illustrates its magnitude through a case study of the National Innovation Summit. The article concludes that the Summit represented an elaborate process of search and engagement that sanctioned an outcome that was, in most respects, largely pre-determined. Its outreach and deliberations served the political purpose of mobilising industry and media attention and communicating the government’s commitment. But there is no evidence that it exercised any substantive influence on policy development. The obstacles confounding any other outcome are considerable. Strategic thinking is inhibited by various organisational factors including lock-in to a present successful strategy, the constraints on policy choices associated with multiple veto points and the need to maintain medium term fiscal and policy discipline across a wide range of agencies and claimants. The article explores ways these inhibitions might be overcome.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: National Innovation Summit, interest engagement, policy capabilities, policy strategy
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Public Administration
Page Range: pp. 399-413
ISSN: 0313-6647
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8500.2009.00647.x
Additional Information: The original publication is available at http://www.interscience.wiley.com/
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2010 03:01
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:12
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/9992
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