Institutional capacity and choice in Australia's integrity systems

Brown, A. J. and Head, Brian (2005) Institutional capacity and choice in Australia's integrity systems. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 64 2: 84-95. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8500.2005.00444.x

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Author Brown, A. J.
Head, Brian
Title Institutional capacity and choice in Australia's integrity systems
Journal name Australian Journal of Public Administration   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0313-6647
Publication date 2005-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8500.2005.00444.x
Volume 64
Issue 2
Start page 84
End page 95
Total pages 12
Place of publication Richmond, Vic., Australia
Publisher Blackwell
Language eng
Subject 1605 Policy and Administration
Abstract This article examines recent debate over core or 'independent' integrity institutions in the Victorian and Commonwealth governments to highlight some of the need, and potential, for more careful deliberation over options for building the capacity of integrity systems - the second of the analytical themes used in Australia's national assessment. The first part compares resourcing of major integrity institutions by Australian governments over the past 15 years. Staffing and finances are seen as a useful basic measure of capacity, helping lift attention away from the assumption that creation of new bodies necessarily increases capacity. The data also show that some jurisdictions—including Victoria—may yet have some way to go if they wish to match other governments. The second part of the analysis identifies eight further issues for consideration in deliberations on institutional design. Our conclusion is that by working through such issues more systematically, it may be possible to identify new or different institutional options for configuring integrity resources. This could help avoid inappropriate choices—whether unnecessary new bodies, overloads on existing ones or the import of frameworks that do not necessarily 'fit' local conditions—of particular relevance to current proposals for a new Commonwealth anti-corruption agency.
Keyword Integrity systems
Q-Index Code C1

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