Publication: "A New Federalism? The Role and Future of the National Cabinet"
By Prof Cheryl Saunders
In response to COVID19, the School of Government at the University of Melbourne has established "Governing During Crises" as a new research theme. With selected briefs produced in collaboration with COVID-DEM, the series seeks to develop the understanding of governing in the face of different types of crisis, at a time when Australia has recently faced the bushfire crisis, is currently addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, and faces even larger and longer-term challenges including climate change.
The GDC Policy Brief series aims to distil academic research into policy analysis and clear recommendations, drawing on the cutting-edge research taking place at the School of Government and the University of Melbourne more broadly, as well as the School of Government’s extensive global networks.
GDC Policy Brief No. 2 is titled "A New Federalism? The Role and Future of the National Cabinet". Authored by the leading Australian and global scholar Prof. Cheryl Saunders, this Policy Brief examines how Australia's federal system was able to mount an effective and coordinated response to the pandemic through establishment of new intergovernmental arrangements - in stark contrast to other federal states such as the USA - and identifies key issues to be addressed as the new intergovernmental system is developed.