Policy Life Cycle Analysis of Three Australian State-level Public Policies: Exploring the Political Dimension of Sustainable Development
Kuntal Goswami and
Journal of Development Policy and Practice, 2021, vol. 6, issue 1, 9-35
This article analyses the life cycle of three Australian public policies (Tasmania Together [TT], South Australiaâ€™s Strategic Plan [SASP,] and Western Australiaâ€™s State Sustainability Strategy [WAâ€™s SSS]). These policies were formulated at the state level and were structured around sustainable development concepts (the environmental, economic, and social dimensions). This study highlights contexts that led to the making of these public policies, as well as factors that led to their discontinuation. The case studies are based on analysis of parliamentary debates, state governmentsâ€™ budget reports, public agenciesâ€™ annual reports, government media releases, and stakeholdersâ€™ feedback. The empirical findings highlight the importance of understanding the political dimension of sustainable development. This fact highlights the need to look beyond the traditional three-dimensional view of sustainability when assessing the success (or lack thereof) of sustainable development policies. Equally important, the analysis indicates that despite these policiesâ€™ limited success (and even one of these policies not being implemented at all), sustainability policies can have a legacy beyond their life cycle. Hence, the evaluation of these policies is likely to provide insight into the process of policymaking.
Keywords: Policy life cycle analysis; policy legacy; political dimension of sustainable development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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