What IS A “Policy Instrument,” Anyway?

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A Government decision is just a starting point: unless something comes after it – action – nothing happens.

A decision might be made by Cabinet, or an individual Minister, or a public servant: but unless somebody implements something or does something, as a follow-up, the decision means nothing.

In Government, the things that give effect to decisions are called “Policy Instruments”.

Here’s a list of some examples*, which I pinched from a Queensland Government website: http://bit.ly/1Gmwzjr

They give you an idea of the kinds of things that can be done to deliver outcomes – note that none of them are decisions, but all are actions giving effect to decisions.

 

* Not a complete list, and they use categories particular to their own needs, but it will give you an idea of the range of instruments available to Government.

About Mike Smith

Partner in Ethical Consulting Services: www.ethicalconsulting.com; sometime University lecturer; previously Government Relations consultant; before that Labor Party State Secretary in Northern Territory; union advocate with LHMU/United Voice in NT and NSW; hobby – election campaigns!

Posted on January 22, 2015, in Australian Government, Government Relations, how to lobby, Planning, Public service, public service decision-making and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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