between repeated assessments of policy failure, the catalysts of deinstitutionalisation and subsequent opportunities for system-wide policy learning and reform. Selected evidence from the reform trajectory of Australian health insurance policy from the mid-1970s to late-1990s is used to explore these possible relationships. The current Australian health insurance system has its origins in a tumultuous and foundational sequence of policy change between 1972 and 1984, which settled down in the subsequent 15 years or so to leave Australia with a distinctive but important
87 Policy & Politics • vol 45 • no 1 • 87–101 • © Policy Press 2017 • #PPjnl @policy_politics Print ISSN 0305 5736 • Online ISSN 1470 8442 • http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/030557316X14743685010425 Policy failures, policy learning and institutional change: the case of Australian health insurance policy change Adrian Kay, email@example.com Australian National University, Australia This article presents an institutionalist perspective on the relationship between policy failure and policy learning. It contributes both to our understanding of different patterns
First published as a special issue of Policy & Politics, this updated volume explores policy failures and the valuable opportunities for learning that they offer.
Policy successes and failures offer important lessons for public officials, but often they do not learn from these experiences. The studies in this volume investigate this broken link. The book defines policy learning and failure and organises the main studies in these fields along the key dimensions of processes, products and analytical levels. Drawing together a range of experts in the field, the volume sketches a research agenda linking policy scholars with policy practice.
Health services are among the most expensive and complex areas of social policy.
Using qualitative comparative analysis to explore 11 developed countries’ health services, this volume considers the links between a range of different outcome measures and levels of funding, social determinants and different types of health expenditures. It also reflects on how those systems responded to the first wave of COVID-19.
This ambitious text identifies which underpinning factors are associated with the strongest outcomes, providing a rigorous account of health systems and health policies in the context of their wider economies and societies.
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