Policy Making and Implementation

Policy Making and Implementation

Studies from Papua New Guinea

Edited by: R.J. May

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There is a vast literature on the principles of public administration and good governance, and no shortage of theoreticians, practitioners and donors eager to push for public sector reform, especially in less-developed countries. Papua New Guinea has had its share of public sector reforms, frequently under the influence of multinational agencies and aid donors. Yet there seems to be a general consensus, both within and outside Papua New Guinea, that policy making and implementation have fallen short of expectations, that there has been a failure to achieve ‘good governance’.

This volume, which brings together a number of Papua New Guinean and Australian-based scholars and practitioners with deep familiarity of policy making in Papua New Guinea, examines the record of policy making and implementation in Papua New Guinea since independence. It reviews the history of public sector reform in Papua New Guinea, and provides case studies of policy making and implementation in a number of areas, including the economy, agriculture, mineral development, health, education, lands, environment, forestry, decentralization, law and order, defence, women and foreign affairs, privatization, and AIDS.

Policy is continuously evolving, but this study documents the processes of policy making and implementation over a number of years, with the hope that a better understanding of past successes and failures will contribute to improved governance in the future.


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Sep 2009
SSGM Monograph, No. 5
ANU Press
State, Society and Governance in Melanesia
Arts & Humanities: History; Social Sciences: Development Studies, Social Policy & Administration
Pacific: Papua New Guinea

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  1. Introduction (PDF, 118KB)R. J. May doi
  2. Explaining Public Sector Reform Failure: Papua New Guinea 1975–2001 (PDF, 141KB)Mark Turner and David Kavanamur doi
  3. Public Sector Reform Since 2001 (PDF, 128KB)R. J. May doi

Part 1. Sectoral Studies

  1. Economic Policy Making (PDF, 138KB)Satish Chand and Charles Yala doi
  2. Policy Making in Agriculture (PDF, 142KB)Bob McKillop, R. Michael Bourke and Valentine Kambori doi
  3. A Short History of Mineral Development Policies in Papua New Guinea, 1972-2002 (PDF, 291KB)Colin Filer and Benedict Imbun doi
  4. Policy Making in Health (PDF, 132KB)Jane Thomason and Pascoe Kase doi
  5. Formulating and Implementing Education Policy (PDF, 176KB)Richard Guy doi
  6. Lands Policy (PDF, 121KB)Tony Power and Oswald Tolopa doi
  7. Environment and Conservation Policy and Implementation (PDF, 313KB)David Mowbray and John Duguman doi
  8. Forest Sector Policy Making and Implementation (PDF, 200KB)Hartmut Holzknecht and Martin Golman doi
  9. Policy Making on Decentralization (PDF, 175KB)R. J. May doi
  10. Thirty Years of Law and Order Policy and Practice: Trying To Do ‘Too Much, Too Badly, With Too Little’? (PDF, 171KB)Sinclair Dinnen doi
  11. Policy Making in Defence (PDF, 146KB)James Laki and R. J. May doi
  12. Women, Policy Making and Development (PDF, 142KB)Anne Dickson-Waiko doi
  13. Foreign Policy Making (PDF, 156KB)Edward P. Wolfers and Bill Dihm doi

Part 2. Policy Case Studies

  1. The 1997-98 Drought in Papua New Guinea: Failure of Policy or Triumph of the Citizenry? (PDF, 146KB)Bryant J. Allen and R. Michael Bourke doi
  2. Privatization Policy in Papua New Guinea (PDF, 158KB)Timothy Curtin doi
  3. Policy Making on AIDS, to 2000 (PDF, 123KB)John Ballard and Clement Malau doi

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