Categories of failure in climate change mitigation policy in Australia

Newman, Joshua and Head, Brian W. (2015) Categories of failure in climate change mitigation policy in Australia. Public Policy and Administration, 30 3-4: 342-358. doi:10.1177/0952076714565832

Author Newman, Joshua
Head, Brian W.
Title Categories of failure in climate change mitigation policy in Australia
Journal name Public Policy and Administration   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0952-0767
Publication date 2015-09-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0952076714565832
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 30
Issue 3-4
Start page 342
End page 358
Total pages 17
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject 3312 Sociology and Political Science
3321 Public Administration
Abstract Discussions of failure in public policy have been hampered by a lack of consensus on a definition of the term ‘failure’. It can be shown that arguments relating to policy failure tend to conflate forms of failure that are actually discrete, such as failure to meet objectives, claims of negative distributional outcomes and negative electoral outcomes attributed to specific policy decisions. This article attempts to unify and clarify the discourse on policy failure by presenting a multi-dimensional approach that can identify separate aspects of failure within a single policy or program. This multi-dimensional approach to policy failure is then be applied to climate change policy in Australia, in order to demonstrate how some aspects of a policy can be interpreted as failed while others can simultaneously be interpreted as successful, even by the same observer. As this example illustrates, global pronouncements of a public policy as a ‘success’ or ‘failure’ should be avoided in favour of more precise evaluations of what kind of failure occurred, and who was affected and in what ways.
Keyword Climate change
Policy evaluation
Policy failure
Policy implementation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Thu, 10 Sep 2015, 08:37:18 EST by Professor Brian Head on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies