• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies

Developing strategy in the public sector is enormously challenging. Policy problems are complex and multi-faceted, governments change leadership and direction, policy development is highly contestable, and the voices of stakeholders and citizens may push in different directions. In this context, policy makers need to be well informed, responsive, collaborative and innovative - as well as realistic about what is possible.

This course will introduce students to the art of developing and implementing public strategy, drawing on cutting-edge research and educational materials. The course begins with an overview of different perspectives on the nature of public strategy and the challenges it poses. The course then introduces central concepts and tools in the process of strategy development and discusses how these apply to real-world policy problems.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of different perspectives on the development of public strategy
  2. Identify different stages in the process of strategy development
  3. Discuss the relative merits of different approaches to strategy formulation
  4. Critique the strategy of a public sector organisation

Indicative Assessment

  1. Lecture activities (5) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Quiz (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Critical assessment paper (2000 words) (65) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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There will be 15 contact hours and 40-50 hours of pre-reading and assessment work.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Geoff Mulgan, The Art of Public Strategy: Mobilising power and knowledge for the common good (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Frances Berry, “Strategic Planning as a Tool for Managing Organizational Change,” International Journal of Public Administration 30:3 (2007): 331-346.

John Bryson, Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 5th ed. (Wiley, 2018).   

Marilyn Helms and Judy Nixon, “Exploring SWOT Analysis: where are we now?” Journal of Strategy and Management 3:3 (2010): 215-251. 



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2023 $2160
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