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Biography

Michael Howard was awarded a PhD in History at the University of Sydney in 1979 for a thesis on the growth in the economic and social role of the Commonwealth government in Australia in the 1940s. He subsequently produced ANU publications, plus other Conference papers, based on further research on this period. During 1976-78 he worked as a local Health Education Officer in the NSW Community Health Program; in 1980 he published a monograph on this Program as part of the build-up to the Australian Community Health Association. From 1980 to 1989 he worked as a Research/Policy Analyst for the NSW Dept of Community Services, while from 1989 to 1997 he was a Research Fellow at the Public Sector Research Centre, UNSW. In this role he acted as Editor for over 60 PSRC publications and sole authored a wide range of publications focussed on public sector trends associated with neo-liberalism. Prior to commencing at the University of Newcastle (Ourimbah campus) in mid 2000, his lecturing and tutoring experience was at Sydney University (Dept of Government in 1979-80; Dept of Social Work and Sociology 1998) and at UNSW (School of Social Science and Policy, 1990s).

Michael's teaching and research interests centre on public and social policy. Since 2000, he has acted as sole lecturer and, with a few exceptions, sole tutor on 75 occasions of offer across the following 12 courses: Australian Government and Politics; Australian Public Policy and Social Outcomes; Social Policy in Australia; International Issues in Australian Politics and Foreign Policy; Globalisation and Comparative Public Policy; Policy Development, Program Management and Evaluation; Organisational Management and Social Behaviour; Introduction to Politics; Introducton to Welfare Studies; Human Rights and Social Change; Social Welfare Research Project; Business, Mass Media and Consumption.

 

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Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Sydney

Research

Research keywords

  • Commercialisation and the Public Sector
  • Political Economies
  • Public Policy
  • Studies of Human Society

Research expertise

Role of consultants in public sector commercialisation, Commercialisation of the public sector, Trends in public sector expenditure and revenue, Political economy of social conditions and public policy & Factors in the rise and fall of the Keynesian mixed economy and welfare state.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
169900Other Studies In Human Society100

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Interaction of ideas and interests in policy making
  • Interaction of political economy and political sociology with political institutions
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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2006Howard M, 'Are Consultants Used for Advice on Corporate Services or Programme Content? Evidence from the 'Take-off Years' in Canberra', Public Administration Today, 52-66 (2006) [C1]
2005Howard M, 'Income and 'Expenditure' : the Big Accounting- Consulting Firms and their Pathways of Promotion within the Political and Bureaucratic System', 'Refereed Papers' of the Australasian Political Studies Association Conference 2005, Dunedin (2005) [E1]
2004Howard M, 'Uniquely Comprehensive?: The consulting activities of the 'Big Six' accounting firms for fourteen Commonwealth Departments 1987-93', Public Policy in Transition: Refereed Papers presented at the 2004 Public Policy Network Conference, Brisbane (2004) [E1]
2004Howard M, 'Consultancies Commissioned by Commonwealth Departments: Oriented to Program Content or Corporate Services?', 'Refereed Papers' of the Australasian Political Studies Association Conference 2004, Adelaide (2004) [E1]

Publications

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Chapter (1 outputs)

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1998Howard M, ''Commercialisation'', International Encyclopaedia of Public Policy and Administration, Westwood Press, Boulder, USA 424-426 (1998) [B1]

Journal article (2 outputs)

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2006Howard M, 'Are Consultants Used for Advice on Corporate Services or Programme Content? Evidence from the 'Take-off Years' in Canberra', Public Administration Today, 52-66 (2006) [C1]
2004Howard M, 'Review of Braig M & Wolte S (eds) 'Common Ground or Mutual Exclusion? Women's Movements and International Relations'', Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, 9 121-123 (2004) [C3]

Conference (6 outputs)

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2009Howard M, 'Technical auxiliaries or policy pushers? The international accounting firms and privatisation', Public Policy Network Conference. Abstracts, ANU, Canberra (2009) [E3]
2008Howard M, 'Getting Bigger and Broader? Contracts and Consultancies of the International Accounting Firms for Commonwealth Agencies, 1987-2007', National Institute of Governance Seminar, Canberra, ACT (2008) [E2]
2005Howard M, 'Income and 'Expenditure' : the Big Accounting- Consulting Firms and their Pathways of Promotion within the Political and Bureaucratic System', 'Refereed Papers' of the Australasian Political Studies Association Conference 2005, Dunedin (2005) [E1]
2005Howard M, 'Mechanisms for Promoting Income and Influence: the Accounting-Consulting Firms and their Interaction with Parties, Politicians and the Bureaucracy', Papers Presented at the Public Policy Network Conference: 'Public Policy - Values, Ideologies and Interests', University of Canberra (2005) [E2]
2004Howard M, 'Consultancies Commissioned by Commonwealth Departments: Oriented to Program Content or Corporate Services?', 'Refereed Papers' of the Australasian Political Studies Association Conference 2004, Adelaide (2004) [E1]
2004Howard M, 'Uniquely Comprehensive?: The consulting activities of the 'Big Six' accounting firms for fourteen Commonwealth Departments 1987-93', Public Policy in Transition: Refereed Papers presented at the 2004 Public Policy Network Conference, Brisbane (2004) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants5
Total funding$277,850

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2005 (1 grants)

Annual Conference of the Australasian Political Studies Association, 28-30 September 2005$320
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Michael Howard
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$32020052005
GNo:G0185926

2004 (1 grants)

Annual Conference of the Australasian Political Studies Association, 29 Sept - 1 Oct 2004$350
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Michael Howard
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$35020042004
GNo:G0184851

2003 (1 grants)

Annual Conference of the Australian Political Studies Foundation 29/09 to 1/10/03$180
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Michael Howard
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$18020032003
GNo:G0183654

2001 (1 grants)

The Vanguard of Commercialisation?: The Strategic Significance of the Consulting Role of the big Five Accounting Firms at the Commonwealth Level in Australia$7,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Michael Howard
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,00020012001
GNo:G0181590

1993 (1 grants)

'Doing More With Less: the Impact of Commercialisation and Contracting Out on Service Provision in the Public Sector in Australia$270,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

SchemeRole
Collaborative Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$270,00019931995
GNo:134932887
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.7

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20122016PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Co-SupervisorWorkplace Injuries/Deaths and the Neo-Liberal State: Is 'Regulation' Enough?
20112014PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Principal SupervisorThe Influence of Local Contingent Factors in Transferring Public Sector Reform Management Policies and Practices: Examining the Extent and Impact of Political Influence on Appointments and Promotions in the Kenyan Public Service
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Dr Michael Howard

Work Phone(02) 4349 4458
Fax(02) 4348 4075
Email
PositionLecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaPolitics and Policy
Office
HO1.69,
Humanities Office,
Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah NSW 2258
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/michael-howard