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Author Tucker, Tony Ralph, author

Title Corporate Governance in the Australian Public Service : an examination of success and failure, with particular reference to the Australian Immigration Department / Tony Tucker
Published Saarbr├╝cken, Germany : LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, 2010


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Description ix, 283 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Background: The accountability and control gap -- Consequences of NPM for corporate governance -- Role of the Australian Westminster system -- 3. Corporate governance: -- The roots of corporate governance -- Corporate governace in the Commonwealth public sector -- 4. Corporate governance themes in the literature: -- Private sector conceptions -- Public sector conceptions -- Public/private sector governance differences -- Prescription and guidance -- 5. Theoretical framework and methodology: -- Research questions -- Contingency approach -- Methodology -- Research undertaken -- 6. Corporate governance in departments?: -- Departments of state -- The view from the top -- Corporate governance within departments -- Communicating the message -- 7. The department of immigration and multicultural affairs: -- External scrutiny and internal systems -- The DIMA operating environment -- 8. Corporate governance failure in DIMA: -- DIMA's corporate governance arrangements -- The challenge to departmental corporate governance -- DIMA in 2007 -- Testing corporate governance -- Communicating the message -- 9. Summary and conclusions: The rise and spread of corporate governance in the APS -- Application in practice, and effectiveness
Summary "Despite it popularity in the private sector, corporate governance has had little traction in the public sector. This study explores the successes and failures of corporate governance as a means of filling the accountability and control gap in Departments of State in the Australian public service. As with other Western democracies, the introduction into Australia of public service reform marked a substantial shift away from the traditional process-based public sector model to a model that increasingly emulated the private sector. These reforms, however, failed to address directly the changes needed in accountability and control in the public service. Corporate governance exists in both private and public sectors as a dichotomy of formal and informal elements, and the informal elements play a paramount role in achieving proper results for government. The Australian immigration department is used to demonstrate that even an organisation with a proud international record in assisting the most vulnerable in the world, can fail if its corporate governance mechanisms are not universally and correctly applied, resulting in outcomes described by an independent inquiry as 'catastrophic''' -- Cover
Notes PhD thesis submitted at the University of Canberra as part of the requirements for admission to the degree of Professional Doctorate in Public Administration, 2008
Thesis (Ph.D.) -- University of Canberra, 2008
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 265-283
Subject Australia. Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs.
Corporate governance -- Australia.
Public administration -- Australia.
Genre/Form Academic theses.
Author University of Canberra, degree granting institution
ISBN 9783838381268