Professor Janine O’Flynn wins prestigious award

We are delighted to announce that Professor Janine O’Flynn has been awarded the 2014 ‘Best Book of the Year’ award, by the janine-2US Academy of Management Public-Nonprofit (PNP) Division. Janine won this award for her collaboration with John Alford on “Rethinking Public Service Delivery: Managing With External Providers”.

The awards committee noted that the book ‘competed with some very fine scholarship and won based on its solid empirical foundation about the continuing trend to outsourcing and cooperative arrangements between the nonprofit/NGO, private and public sectors. According to the AOM-PNP Book Award Committee, “The book effectively addressed almost all of the major aspects of these relationships, including ethical, methodological, theoretical, practical, procedural, legal, and operational.”

Those of you who have read the book will appreciate its contribution to the field of public management.

This book is further acknowledgement of Janine’s standing within the international public management academy and adds to the collection of awards that MSoG scholars have won in the short time since the establishment of the school.

Congratulations Janine.

China’s use of its growing power

On Wednesday 30th April 2014 Professor CHEN Zhimin, Dean of the School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University, China, presented a seminar to over 120 people on How China uses its growing power in the foreign policy debate both in China and around the world. This seminar covered what factors are included in China’s power resources? How should China apply these resources? Does the way that China applies its resources have any of its own characteristics, especially compared with other major international actors? What goals should the power strategy serve – to defend or shield China from external interference or to shape the outside world and how its future power strategy will evolve?

The Melbourne School of Government also live-tweeted this event. See our Storify on The Use of Power in Chinese Foreign Policy web page.

Public policy student sings praises of exchange


Nicole Battle is a social planner for local government in Melbourne and a student in the Melbourne School of Government’s Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM).

She recently travelled to the University of Birmingham with other students as part of their MPPM, as well as Associate Professor Helen Dickinson and Dr Scott Brenton. They participated in sessions on Britain’s local government and National Health Service (NHS), particularly recent innovations in service integration and personalised care.

So impressed with the sessions they attended, Nicole wrote a blog about her experience, explaining how it provided a rich environment for considering comparisons with public policy challenges in Australia, and gave her fresh perspective on her work.

Read Nicole’s blog post Photo (left): University of Birmingham

2014 Lunchtime Seminar Series

Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Controversy and Collaboration: Some Thoughts on the Predicament of Public Policy
Associate Professor Vishaal Kishore

526a8d40d9b911e592b8373d1914f24c_inset_imageDr Kishore is Director of the Office of the Secretary at the Victorian Department of Health, and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne’s School of Government. He has previously been director for government strategy within Ernst & Young’s consulting practice; a senior associate and solicitor at Freehills and Mallesons Stephen Jaques; and has served as Associate (Clerk) to the Honourable Justice Gray of the Federal Court of Australia. He has held academic and research fellowships at Harvard University and Brown University in the United States, and Monash University in Australia. Vishaal holds degrees from the University of Melbourne, and a doctorate from Harvard Law School where his work focused on the intersection of law, political economy and socio-political theory. He is the author of Ricardo’s Gauntlet: Economic Fiction and the Case for Free Trade, which will be released by Anthem Press later this year.

Tuesday 7 October 2014

Price Transparency in Australian Petrol Markets: The Role of IT in Strengthening Market Competitiveness  Professor Caron Beaton-Wells

256ebe60d9b911e58abf39cf670c688d_inset_imageCaron Beaton-Wells is a Professor specialising in competition law at the Melbourne Law School and Director of the University’s Competition Law and Economics Network. Her research and teaching focuses on anti-cartel law and enforcement. She is a member of several national and international editorial and advisory boards, has consulted to the OECD, ASEAN, SSNED and the New Zealand Government, is a non-governmental advisor to the ICN and the Law School’s representative on UNCTAD’s Research Partnership Platform.

Public policy in the Asian Century: conference highlights

21e2b170d9b911e5a68e2d59ae2b3a16_inset_imageOur inaugural conference held on 9-10 December 2013 examining the implications of the ‘Asian Century’ for public policy was attended by more than 150 delegates from around the globe. Download the delegates list [PDF, 205 KB] and view photos taken at the event.

Speakers & Presentations
You can read the papers and presentations delivered at the conference, download the program and see a list of headline speakers.

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Image L to R: Conference Opening Speakers: Prof Jenny Lewis, Melbourne School of Government Research Director; Prof Mark Considine, Dean, Faculty of Arts; Prof Glyn Davis, Vice Chancellor; Mr Robert Bell, Head of Super Regional Business Development, ANZ Banking Group; Prof Helen Sullivan, Director, Melbourne School of Government; Prof Shamsul Haque, National University of Singapore.


20611a80d9b911e5be3097772db5a502_inset_imageThe 2013 Crikey Media Awards were held on 19 December and Vote Compass won the prize for Innovation of the Year. Crikey describedVote Compass as a “major initiative that allowed voters to explore how their policy preferences lined up with those of the major parties … 1.2 million Aussies used the tool, which delivered a fascinating and useful pool of data”. Used for the first time in Australia during the 2013 election campaign, Vote Compass was developed by political scientists at the University of Toronto in partnership with Dr. Aaron Martin and Nicholas Reece from the Melbourne School of Government, the University of Sydney and the ABC. It enables voters to compare their views with the platforms of political parties, while also building an expansive database of public opinion for academic research.

Hearing about the award, Mr Reece said, “I think we can take some small satisfaction from being part of a project that is widely recognised as engaging citizens in politics and policy issues in a new way”.

Congratulations! Melbourne School of Government Professor wins Award

Photo of Professor Janine O’Flynn with Andrew Tongue
Photo: Professor Janine O’Flynn with Andrew Tongue,
Secretary of the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet,
who was made a National Fellow of IPAA
last night.

Last night, 27 November, the Melbourne School of Government’s Professor Janine O’Flynn, was among a number of distinguished contributors to Australian public service to be honoured by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria). She was appointed a Fellow of IPAA Vic for her contribution to the education of Australian public servants. Janine’s nomination came with a citation that she “is an outstanding scholar and teacher of public administration whose contribution has already been high, and is probably Australia’s most promising scholar in the field. She has an impeccable academic record and a deep commitment to the public sector.”

Melbourne School of Government International Launch

Photo: L-R, Professor Paripurna Sugarda, Dean, Faculty of Law, Universtas Gadjah Mada and Anthony Gill, Senior Country Specialist, Asian Development Bank, Indonesia during the round table.
Photo: L-R, Professor Paripurna Sugarda,
Dean, Faculty of Law, Universtas Gadjah Mada
and Anthony Gill, Senior Country Specialist,
Asian Development Bank, Indonesia during
the round table.

On 23 September 2013, Melbourne School of Government Director Helen Sullivan and Melbourne University Vice Chancellor Professor Glyn Davies together launched the School internationally at a special event in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The event took the form of a roundtable discussion with Indonesian government, business and community leaders about opportunities to partner with the School on collaborative policy work targeting issues relevant to our region.

The roundtable discussion explored the theme of capability building, specifically the question: how can we support capability building in government and public services in Indonesia, Australia and beyond? Key issues involved how the Melbourne School of Government can assist actors in the Indonesian government and private sector to develop stronger public institutions, and how the School can learn about the key policy challenges Indonesia faces so that the School may conduct its own research and teaching more effectively.

That Australia and Indonesia face common problems and interests was also emphasised. In order to successfully tackle global and regional challenges, such as financial regulation, food security and climate change to name just a few, Australia must also engage with and listen to its regional partners, and encourage countries like Indonesia to develop their own perspectives. Participants agreed that Australia and Indonesia have much to learn from each other.

Also participating in the interactive discussion were Dean of Melbourne University’s Faculty of Arts, Professor Mark Considine; Dean of Melbourne Law School, Professor Carolyn Evans; and Dean of the Business and Economic Faculty, Professor Paul Kofman. As a joint venture of the three faculties, the Melbourne School of Government is able to bring together the expertise of the disciplines of arts, law, and business and economics around the question of government, in order to effectively explore the complex and multi-dimensional policy issues that concern not only Australia, but also our region as a whole.

Speaking at the School’s international launch, its Director, Professor Helen Sullivan said the School “brings together three faculties that have distinction and excellence in their own right. But by bringing that excellence together we can create something that is extra special, create something that is relevant to policymakers, to practitioners, to community organisations who are struggling with particular issues and questions.”

Before the event drew to a close, it was suggested that further roundtables take place again in future, so that collaborative discussions and exchanges between the School and Indonesian governmental organisations and other institutions become part of a more regular process.

Conversation and the sharing of knowledge is, after all, key to the School’s approach. Helen Sullivan said at the launch: “The way in which we work, the method that we would like to be known for, is for a School that is always in conversation, a school that is constantly looking for new ideas, that is constantly looking to be challenged.”

Election Watch: Media Puzzle

81486290d9b911e592b8373d1914f24c_inset_imageOn 22 August, Election Watch, the Melbourne School of Government and the Melbourne Press Club hosted a discussion with prominent Australian journalists and media academics on the quirks and challenges of modern election reporting. Incessant media management by the parties, tight deadlines and a lack of resources were the assembled hacks’ top complaints. The 200-strong audience asked questions about media bias, the struggle for balance, the rise of comment in news reports and the influence of America’s most famous Australian-born octogenarian, Rupert Murdoch.

Moderator Michael Rowland, Presenter, ABC News Breakfast, fielded guests’ questions to panellists Michael Gordon, Political Editor, The Age; Associate Professor Sally Young, University of Melbourne; Kerry-Anne Walsh, political author, The Stalking of Julia Gillard and John Ferguson, Victorian Political Editor, The AustralianGo to photos and other highlights from the event

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