Does institutional location protect from political influence? the case of a minimum labour standards enforcement agency in Australia

Maconachie, Glenda J. & Goodwin, Miles (2011) Does institutional location protect from political influence? the case of a minimum labour standards enforcement agency in Australia. Australian Journal of Political Science, 46(1), pp. 105-119.

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Among the many factors that influence enforcement agencies, this article examines the role of the institutional location (and independence) of agencies, and an incumbent government's ideology. It is argued that institutional location affects the level of political influence on the agency's operations, while government ideology affects its willingness to resource enforcement agencies and approve regulatory activities. Evidence from the agency regulating minimum labour standards in the Australian federal industrial relations jurisdiction (currently the Fair Work Ombudsman) highlights two divergences from the regulatory enforcement literature generally. First, notions of independence from political interference offered by institutional location are more illusory than real and, second, political need motivates political action to a greater extent than political ideology.

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ID Code: 41401
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Political Influence, Minimum Labour Standards , Australia, Enforcement
DOI: 10.1080/10361146.2010.544640
ISSN: 1036-1146
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Administration (160509)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 21 Apr 2011 04:09
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2011 04:09

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