Workshop Series: Janine O'Flynn

15 June, 2012 - 14:00 to 15:30
Room 105 Colin Clark Building 39


One of the most popular mantras of public management through the 2000s has been the notion of 'joined-up government'. In this seminar I will report on the specific case of Indigenous Coordination Centres in Australia which forms one case from a large-scale Australian Research Council grant examining joined up approaches in policy-making and service delivery. This specific case provides an illustrative example of the prospects and pitfalls of joining-up in government in an attempt to tackle the complex challenges faced by government. I will explore the rationale for this approach, set out the major changes to the policy and organisational architecture to operationalise it, explain the general failure of the model, and how a very small number of examples defied this broader trend.

Janine O'Flynn, Associate Professor, Crawford School of Economics & Government, Australian National University

Janine O'Flynn is Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University and also an adjunct faculty member at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government. Janine's expertise is in public sector management, in particular as it relates to reform and relationships. Currently she is engaged in a multi-year collaborative project with the Australian Public Service Commission to co-design a High Performance model for the Australian Public Service. Her most recent ARC grants have examined Australian experiments with joined-up government (with six commonwealth government organisations) and changes to the contracting model for the delivery of employment services (with three non-profit organisations).

Her most recent book, co-authored with John Alford, Rethinking Public Service Delivery: Managing with External Providers (May 2012, Palgrave Macmillan) explores how government organisations can utilise a range of external providers and modes of coordination to deliver public value. Her next book (to be published in 2013 by Routledge) examines the international experience in cross-boundary working in public management and policy. Janine is an Editor of Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, Deputy Editor of Australian Journal of Public Administration, and sits of the editorial board of the Journal of Management & Organization and Canadian Public Administration. In 2012 she was elected to the Executive Board of the International Research Society for Public Management.