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Maintaining political neutrality while working in the Minister’s office

Published Date: 23 February 2021
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: The Bridge
How do non-partisan advisors in Ministers’ offices maintain political neutrality while immersed in a highly politicised environment? A paper in the Australian Journal of Public Administration...
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Beyond nudge: advancing the state-of-the-art of behavioural public policy and administration

Published Date: 10 February 2021
In the past two decades, behavioural public policy and behavioural public administration have attracted much political and research attention from around the world. A paper in Policy and Politi...
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Trust in government increased during COVID-19 in Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand

Published Date: 22 January 2021
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: The Bridge
Although there has been a perception that trust in government is falling, this decline has reversed in the wake of the COVID‐19 pandemic. New research for a paper in the Australian Journal o...
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Feeling good about giving: Does helping equal happiness?

Published Date: 16 December 2020
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: The Bridge
Helping others takes many forms, from giving money to charity to helping a stranger. It springs from countless motivations, from deep-rooted empathy to a more calculated desire for public recognition....
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The intensity of innovation in public sector organisations

Published Date: 01 December 2020
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: The Bridge
The public sector is under pressure to provide new public services with increasingly scarce resources. In response, there have been calls for greater innovation. An empirical analysis strongly...
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Being a public manager in times of crisis: the art of managing stakeholders, political masters and collaborative networks

Published Date: 17 November 2020
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: The Bridge
The COVID‐19 pandemic is seen as the biggest global crisis since World War II. What started out as a public health issue has quickly morphed into a political, economic and societal crisis of...
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Responding to complexity in public services

Published Date: 03 November 2020
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: The Bridge
A paper in Public Money & Management discusses the merits of the emerging ‘Human Learning Systems’ (HLS) approach to the funding, commissioning and management of public services. The Hu...
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Why policy narrative matters: effective government responses to COVID-19

Published Date: 20 October 2020
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: The Bridge, COVID-19
Storytelling in public policy matters when communicating policy decisions. How can policy makers craft compelling narratives to influence policy success? At a glance A paper in Policy Design ...
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Becoming a boundary spanning public servant

Published Date: 06 October 2020
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: The Bridge
Cross-boundary collaborations are a key feature of today’s public sector. Public servants are increasingly expected to work in ways that cut across vertical silos and organisational boundari...
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In search of a golden thread: Developments in public management across Aotearoa-New Zealand and Australia

Published Date: 22 September 2020
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: The Bridge
Aotearoa-New Zealand and Australia have long been considered role models for innovations in public policy and management. Is there a golden thread that ties recent public management developmen...
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Policy labs – The next frontier?

Published Date: 08 September 2020
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: The Bridge
Policy labs have emerged globally with a mission to support public policy development through innovative solutions. However, it is unclear to what extent policy labs provide new ways of address...
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Royal commissions and policy influence

Published Date: 26 August 2020
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: The Bridge
While the outcomes of a royal commission can significantly shape the direction of public policy, they can also miss opportunities to influence. How do royal commissions exert policy influe...