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Policy transfer over time: a case of growing complexity


Carroll, P, Policy transfer over time: a case of growing complexity, International Journal of Public Administration, 35, (10) pp. 658-666. ISSN 0190-0692 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/01900692.2012.689154


The article indicates that policy transfer has played an important role in the development of policy and legislation in Australia. Indeed, much of what is regarded as Australian policy is borrowed, usually in small part, but sometimes in its entirety, from elsewhere. One of the implications of this view is that Australian policy making processes are often, at least in part, dynamic, policy processes that draw upon a number of sources, both domestic and international. The focus of this article is upon the sources of transfer in the Australian context, both domestic and international, and how the sources drawn upon by Australian state and federal governments have changed over time. The article also indicates that on the evidence available the Australian experience with transfer can be divided into a number of phases. The first, from European colonisation to approximately the middle of the nineteenth century, the second from roughly the middle of the nineteenth century to federation at the beginning of the twentieth century, the third from the establishment of the Australian federation in 1901, to the Second World War, and the fourth phase, from the Second World War to the present.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:policy transfer, policy invention, policy reinvention, policy convergence
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Civics and citizenship
UTAS Author:Carroll, P (Professor Peter Carroll)
ID Code:83552
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Accounting and Accountability
Deposited On:2013-03-18
Last Modified:2021-07-02

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