New Public Management and Public Sector Reform in Victoria and New Zealand: Policy Transfer, Elite Networks and Legislative Copying

Shaun Goldfinch, Vanessa Roberts

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14 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

In the early 1990s, Victoria reformed its state sector along New Public Management (NPM) lines. Drawing on interviews with key policy-makers of the time, including chief executives, ministers and key officials from both jurisdictions, and using archival material and secondary sources, this article shows that New Zealand developments were a key source for Victoria's reforms - even down to seemingly copying passages of legislation. Policy transfer took place within a supporting framework of an Anglo-American diffusion of NPM rhetoric and neoliberal ideas. But New Zealand's experiences gave content, form and legitimation to Victoria's reforms, while providing a platform and experience for learning and divergence, and a group of transferable experts. We underline the importance of the Australia-New Zealand relationship and trans-Tasman elite networks in understanding the governance of both countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-96
Number of pages17
JournalAustralian Journal of Politics and History
Volume59
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations

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