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Yes (and no) Minister: can central government control semi-autonomous bodies and should it want to?
Ministers, Ministerial offices and senior officials frequently work on the assumption that they can ‘manage’ (that is, control the actions of) or at least profoundly influence their stable of semi-autonomous agencies. But what happens when the research evidence, not to mention real life experience, suggest these bodies have many ways to compromise, manipulate or simply not comply with desired central reform directions? What factors are likely to affect agencies’ compliance and under what circumstances? And most importantly, should we be thinking about a new model of interdependence to replace principal-agent?
Introduction by Professor John Wanna, Sir John Bunting Chair of Public Administration at ANZSOG and the ANU
Moderated by Dr Amanda Smullen, Senior Lecturer Policy and Governance, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU