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Corruption and Governance – what role can communications play?. Dr Randal G Stewart Timmins Stewart Pty Ltd. What is corruption?. Three elements present when an individual engages in corrupt conduct.
Dr Randal G Stewart
Timmins Stewart Pty Ltd
The resistance framework indicates that individual measures tend to be more effective when:
- they are consistent with established values
- senior leaders support the values
- senior leaders lead by example
- other mechanisms encourage their use (for example, an internal reporting system is accompanied by awareness programs for all staff, training for its administrators and possibly by designating officers who can provide assistance to would-be reporters)
(Joseph S. Nye. & John D. Donahue Governance in a Globalizing World. 2000)
Policy work is an ongoing activity encompassing monitoring, research, information gathering, analysis, consultation and advice. Policy work requires:
“Policy makers are not faced with a given problem. Instead they have to identify and formulate their problem.”
Outcomes are the results, impacts and consequences of actions by the Commonwealth on the Australian Community:
Outputs are the goods and services produced by agencies on behalf of Government for organisations or individuals.
Administered Item Indicators
Feedback for Design
(see “Mapping Policy” for the lifecycle)
What’s this about?
What do we need to do?
Who else in my
needs to be involved?
Do we have prime
Who needs to decide?
What other agencies
or non-government groups
have an interest?
arise in thinking about getting this
How does this fit with the
What does the Minister
How can the policy case
be presented effectively
to the Public and other
Does this impact on other Ministers.
Are they likely to be supportive or
What are the timing issues?
What outcomes are
Does this address the
Broader public context
Will this be seen to be
an appropriate response?
What’s the experience
here and overseas?
What needs to be done
To turn policy intentions
Who are the stakeholders?
Who wins/loses? How do we manage?
“ The RAMSI contingent had, it was widely thought, made good headway in rooting out the worst of corruption, but its lack of real progress on the political front has been cruelly exposed. First, there was the election last month of Snyder Rini by his parliamentary colleagues as prime minister (despite accusations he used Taiwan money to buy support) and the subsequent riots the appointment provoked in the capital, Honiara”
The Canberra Times (Editorial) May 9, 2006 p.10
Principal/ Agency gives us a strategic framework we can use to manage an issue.
It is a different way of thinking, not in a routine manner as a public servant does
but in a creative, contestable manner.
(Source: Mitnick 1993)
In a contestable field, a principal has ‘friends’ or allies and enemies or opponents.
Media and Policy Development
Understand the outcome you want to achieve with the media and use appropriate strategies:
Seek advice from your public affairs staff