The paper "Public Policy Failure in the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affair" is an outstanding example of a management case study. Public policy as the action of the government is the guide that is principled to action taken by the executive or administrative branches of the state concerning a category of issues in a manner that is consistent with institutional customs and laws. It is an effort by the government to address a public issue. The government regardless of its form comes up with a public policy in terms of laws, decisions, actions and regulations.
According to Jupp (2002), public policy shaping is multifaceted and complex that constitutes the interplay of numerous interest groups and individuals collaborating and competing to influence policymakers to act in a particular manner. Groups and individuals apply a variety of tools and tactics to bring forth their aims that will include advocate publicly for their positions, educating opponents and supporters, and mobilization of allies on the issue. Advocacy is an attempt to influence public policy by means of lobbying, political pressure or lobbying. Groups engaged in advocacy often will educate the general public together will public policymakers concerning the nature of problems, the required legislation to address the problems and the proper funds that are needed to conduct research or provide services.
Public policy in many circumstances is influenced by advocacy. Data from research that is sound can be applied to educate the general public together with the policymakers and in so doing the public policy process is improved. Despite all the efforts to see public policy being a success, there have been many instances when the public policy put in place have failed miserably.
This has been occasioned by a lack of thorough research on the issue and absence of support from the relevant players or executors of the instituted public policy. In this paper, a case of public policy failure in Australia government will be examined with an insight into the events that led to public policy failure (Markus, 2010). The case of Public Policy Failure in the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affair The demonstration of public policy failure in the Australian government occurred in the mid-2000s in the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affair.
The department experienced an internal breakdown of basic procedures of operation, leadership and culture. The department had gotten a high profile owing to the government focus on keeping immigrants who are illegal out and deporting and locating those who had already arrived in Australia. According to Wilson (2008), governance failure in the department was brought forth by means of a succession of public inquiries into the handling of the citizen's detentions. The public service head described the cases as the worst that had ever happened in recent times and attributed them to a failure of executive leadership and public administration.
A reform agenda was instituted to address the extensive deficiencies. The case has implications that are broader for other departments and general public administration. It is exposed publicly through numerous public inquiries to have undergone internal operating culture, governance and procedure. The case was represented officially as a systematic failure of public administration and leadership. The policy failure is portrayed as ubiquitous with a variety of projects, public works and programs.
There is also a unique ‘ system failure’ that is evident in departs of governments, but normally of a nature that is specialized. The report looks at how a state department experienced failure. Secondly is the consideration of how explanatory factors interacted to reinforce the magnitude of failure. The more fluidity of principles of operations under continuing and comprehensive reform has translated to the fact that the potential of conflict is massive.
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