and more critical in its approach. Whatever future generations make of this combined
literature, there is certainly a substantial body of administrative and policy studies on
which to critically engage.
The survey of Victoria was authored by Jean Holmes; Tasmania by W. Townsley; South Australia
by Dean Jaensch; the Australian Capital Territory by Ruth Atkins; the Northern Territory
by Alistair Heatley; New South Wales by Robert Parker; and Queensland by Colin Hughes.
To my knowledge there has only been one attempt (in the late 1980s) to update and revise
Spann's Public Administration in Australia, but this did not eventuate.The Wettenhall festschrift (Halligan
1996), with its continued commitment to 'administration', may be one exception, but
it is not an integrated text on public administration per se. Similarly, Power's edited collection
called Public Administration in Australia:A Watershed (1990), included some reflexive essays on constitutional
and administrative history and contemporary reforms, but it is neither a study in
its own right nor an integrated text.
The original use of this phrase was by Dick Spann, who, when commenting on the conclusions
of the Hawker, Smith and Weller (1979) text, chastised them for finding 'few lessons
drawn of the most general kind'. He went on to say: 'I quote their main conclusion: “Bureaucratic
failings, departmental ideologies, internal incentive systems, political pressures and
individual ambitions must all be accepted as proper and unavoidable parts of the policy
processes, not as obstacles to rational policy”. Carried nem.con.? Well yes, though maybe that
non-voter in the corner is muttering to himself about political sycophancy being elevated
into a science' (Spann 1981:23).
See the special issue of Australian Journal of Public Administration 61(1) 2002, with contributions
by Patrick Bishop, Barry Hindess and Marian Sawer, among others.
See Public Administration 7(2) 1948, for a complete bibliography of his works.
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