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


Marsh, MI and Edwards, L, 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 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1467-8500.2009.00647.x


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.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:National Innovation Summit, interest engagement, policy capabilities, policy strategy
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public administration
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Public services policy advice and analysis
UTAS Author:Marsh, MI (Professor Ian Marsh)
ID Code:59893
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Australian Innovation Research Centre
Deposited On:2009-12-21
Last Modified:2014-12-03
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