How’s Your Rat King?

From Althaus, Bridgman and Davis

From Althaus, Bridgman and Davis

Where is your issue at, inside the public service?  Whatever you want from Government, you must know that.

Best-practice policy making in Government resembles this policy cycle* – theoretically – and you can identify where an issue is up to, and intervene appropriately.

After Althaus, Bridgman and Davis

After Althaus, Bridgman and Davis

In reality, it’s more like this, particularly when both public service and politicians are actively involved.


The Rat King

By Selbymay (Own work CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

Or it’s like this, a Rat King.

If you don’t know where the tails are tied together in your rat-king, you can’t know how to un-knot them.

There may be little value in talking with someone who’s already had their say on it, for example.  Or from-scratch advocating option A if option B has already been recommended to the DG.

Depending on which policy-cycle stage a proposal is at, different interventions, urgency, and tactics are, obviously, to be considered.


*  From Catherine Althaus, Peter Bridgman and Glyn Davis (2013) The Australian Policy Handbook, 5th edition

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Posted on November 27, 2014, in Communication, Government Relations, how to lobby, Lobbying, marketing, Planning, Public service, Strategy and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

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