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Amanda Smullen

Senior Lecturer, Policy and Governance


B.Arts (Hons. Melb.), PhD in Public Policy & Administration (Erasmus, The Netherlands)

Contact details

Phone: 6125 8266

Room: Crawford A 2.154

Amanda’s research is focused upon public administration and management in multi-level and comparative context. She has researched the spread of public management reform ideas across countries, as well as most recently practices and routines of intergovernmental exchanges about performance. Theories of multi-level governance, argumentation, of institutions, organizations and professionals have been prominent in her work. Empirical areas of research have included agency reform, performance measurement, accrual accounting and more recently management reforms in mental healthcare.

Current projects

  • Federalism and agencies
  • Comparing mental health governance regimes
  • The comparative trajectories (and swings) in public management talk and their relationship to organizational practices (Netherlands, Australia, Sweden, OECD)
  • The spread of accrual accounting within the core of government (Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, OECD

Research interests

  • Transnationalisation and institutions
  • Multi-level governance and federalism
  • Comparative public management
  • Policy ideas and argumentation (rhetoric)
  • Transparency and the organization of mental healthcare


  • POGO8083: Policy Advocacy
  • POGO8032: Comparative Public Sector Management

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