Activists - protecting rainforests, demanding increased childcare, developing local community housing, campaigning for AIDS funding or protecting consumers - are as much part of the political landscape as the media, parliament, peak industry groups, political parties or trade unions. This collection explores the idea of policy activism and its relationship to the processes that not only set but implement and deliver the policy agenda.
Policy activists operate both inside and outside government. They include community-based organisers, activist bureaucrats, service providers and professionals.
Policy activism has been barely explored in existing literature. This collection puts the idea on the map. It is an innovative contribution to the literature, using case studies across a broad range of policy areas.
'This volume opens the window on an aspect of the policy process that rarely receives attention from students of politics or policy anywhere across the globe. The framework presented and the cases included in these pages provide a glimpse of the workings of a complex democracy, describing a range of actors responding creatively to the dynamics of social, political and economic change. It is fascinating to see how policy functions and social values appear to be more important to these processes than the formal structures of the government in which they are placed.' - Beryl A. Radin, Professor of Public Administration and Policy, State University of New York at Albany
Table of Contents
Introduction - Anna Yeatman
1 Activism and the policy process - Anna Yeatman
2 Policy from the margins: reshaping the Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Glyn Davis
3 Development of professional competencies - a case study in the complexities of corporatist policy implementation - Andrew Gonczi and Paul Hager
4 Children's services and policy activism - Deborah Brennan
5 The art of insider activism: policy activism and the governance of health - Paul Dugdale
6 Community activism in the health policy process: the case of the Consumers' Health Forum of Australia, 1987-96 - Stephanie Short
7 Discourse analysis and policy activism: readings and rewritings of Australian university research policy - Gar Jones, Alison Lee and Cate Poynton
8 Pink conspiracies: Australia's gay communities and national HIV/AIDS policies, 1983-96 - Gary Dowsett
9 Policy activism, community housing and urban renewal: Bowden-Brompton 1972-96 - Gael Fraser
10 Activists in the woodwork: policy activism and the housing reform movement in New South Wales - Julie Nyland
Most of the contributors are seasoned policy activists as well as being either professional policy analysts or academics. The editor of this collection, ANNA YEATMAN, is a well-known contributor to contemporary political theory, among whose books are a seminal collection of essays on the interaction between social movements and the Australian state, Bureaucrats, Technocrats, Femocrats.