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dc.contributor.authorSmith, Rodney
dc.contributor.authorBrown, A J
dc.contributor.editorMark Bruerton, Tracey Arklay, Robyn Hollander and Ron Levy
dc.description.abstractThe logic of any federal system - not only at point of creation but in its ongoing operation and evolution - rests on having an agreed understanding of the roles and responsibilities of its constituent governments. Little wonder, then, that debates over the strengths and weaknesses of federal systems frequently revolve around whether there is sufficient clarity about who is meant to be doing what. In Australia , these debates were revitalised between 2014 and 2016 by the Abbott Government's Reform of the Australian Federation initiative, with its preference for a federalism in which the Commonwealth and states would have sovereignty over their own distinct spheres of policy (for more details see the Introduction to this volume). ' Any sustainable resolution to the question to the question of who should be doing what in the Australian Federation has to extend beyond agreement among politicians. The responses of the general public will also be critical, as will commitment to the new arrangements by the public officials on whom the operation of Australia's federal system depends. Elected politicians find it extremely difficult to carry through successful institutional and policy reforms, such as rationalisation and redistribution of federal policy responsibilities, where these reforms face resistance from public sector bureaucrats.
dc.publisherFederation Press
dc.relation.ispartofbooktitleA People's Federation
dc.subject.fieldofresearchAustralian Government and Politics
dc.titleBeyond ‘Sovereign Spheres’: Public Officials’ Views on Allocating Policy Responsibilities in the Australian Federation
dc.typeBook chapter
dc.type.descriptionB2 - Chapters (Other)
dc.type.codeB - Book Chapters
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gro.griffith.authorBrown, A J J.

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