Political Traditions in a Transnational Realm: The analysis of Trans-Tasman Policy

Stream: Panel 88 - Public Policy & Social Justice: Innovation in Policymaking 
Date: Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Time: 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm


The notion of tradition within policy studies has principally been applied to governance institutions within a nation state. However the histories of political development in Australia and New Zealand provide an opportunity to explore its applicability to enduring transnational relationships, institutions and practices. Using an interpretive approach, grounded in the work of Bevir and Rhodes, I present a case for a distinct realm of trans-Tasman traditions, which can be used to facilitate an analysis of shared political, economic and policy relations. This new characterisation takes traditions, as an interpretative frame for analysis of public policy decision-making, beyond the nation state.


Karen Jones (Presenter), University of Queensland
Karen Jones is a PhD candidate at the School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland. During a career spanning more than 30 years in education, community development, not-for-profit management, project management and public sector management, Karen has periodically taken up opportunities for further study. She toured regional areas in US and UK as a Winston Churchill Research Fellow in 1994, and obtained her Master of Development Studies from Victoria University, Wellington (NZ) in 2004. Her current research project is exploring the 2001 policy changes in relation to the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement.