Citizen-centred policy making under Rudd: network governance in the shadow of hierarchy?

Paul FAWCETT, Chris Lewis, David Marsh

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    The 2007 Policy Platform of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) asserted that
    ‘Labor will pursue new and innovative measures designed to foster greater
    participation and engagement of the Australian population in the political
    process’ (cited in Manwaring 2010). It seemed that Labor was following a trend
    that many authors have identified as a move from government to governance—
    more specifically to ‘network governance’,1
    in which governments encourage
    greater participation, especially by ‘expert citizens’ (see Bang 2005), in policy
    making, recognising that they can at best steer, not row (see Osborne and
    Gaebler 1992). Indeed, as Martinetto (2003:593) contends, this idea has taken
    on a ‘semblance of orthodoxy’. In this chapter, we examine two major initiatives
    taken by the Rudd government that were designed to deliver on this platform
    promise: the 2020 Summit and the Community Cabinets initiative. Our aim is
    to assess both the extent to which these initiatives marked a genuine move
    towards greater participation and, more broadly, whether they reflect a move
    towards network governance. We begin, however, with a brief discussion of the
    literature on governance that we use to frame this chapter.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Rudd Government: Australian Commonwealth Administration 2007-2010
    EditorsChris Aulich, Mark Evans
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherANU E Press
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Print)9781921862069
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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