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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: +61 2 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, in particular about semi-autonomous public agencies including statutory authorities and regulatory agenices, as well as most recently practices and routines of intergovernmental exchanges about performance. Theories of multi-level governance, culture, 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 public management reforms in health/hospital and mental healthcare.

Current projects

Smullen, Amanda and Fawcett, Paul. 2018, Calibrating Public Sector Governance. A survey of arm’s length agencies in the Australian Commonwealth Public Sector. Canberra: ANU.

(with Paul Fawcett, University of Canberra). Calibrating Public Sector Governance. An international collaboration between 10 different universities based in 7 different countries, examining the correspondence between formal organizational governance designs and the strategic environment of Australian agencies wherein Senior managers must function. Funded by The Netherlands Organization by Scientific Research led by Assoc Prof Thomas Schillemans, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

Time, Policy and Reputation in Australian Public Administration. An examination of the role of timing and sequence in explaining practices and constraints to building reputation of Australian agencies and semi-autonomous bodies in different periods. Funded by the Public Administration Trust Fund. Australian Journal of Public Administration.

Pragmatic Federalism. From the blame game to learning. An examination of the role of cross jurisdictional interaction and routines to share and examine performance in the realms of curative/hospital care and somatic care. This study examines routines of performance collection and dialogue at both cross jurisdictional level but also in 3 Australian states. It seeks to understand the conditions and constraints to learning. Funded by the College of Asia & the Pacific, ANU.

Research interests

  • Trans-nationalisation and institutions, and relatedly coordination
  • Multi-level governance and federalism
  • Comparative public administration and management, in particular the governance of semi-autonomous agencies and statutory authorities
  • Performance measurement and health/mental health care
  • Policy/Management ideas of reform and argumentation (rhetoric)


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

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