Dr Michael Howard

Dr Michael Howard

Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Science (Politics and Policy)

Career Summary

Biography

Michael Howard's research and teaching focus is social and public policy. His central interest is the shift from a predominantly social democratic paradigm in economic and social policy in the post-war period (WW2-early 1980s) to a neo-liberal paradigm in the contemporary era and the impact of this on economic and social outcomes. His teaching and research focuses on policy/program development processes and the analysis of policy/program impact.

He 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 during war and post-war reconstruction 1940s, with a focus on the relative contribution of Labor Ministers and senior Keynesian economists and other bureaucrats with a professional background. He subsequently produced ANU Research School 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 over 30 publications focussed on a wide range of 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).

Since 2000, he has taught within the discipline/major areas of Politics and Public Policy, Community Welfare and Human Services and the Social Science (SOCS) core stream. He has acted as sole lecturer and, with a few exceptions, sole tutor on 84 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; Introduction to Welfare Studies; Human Rights and Social Change; Social Welfare Research Project; Business, Mass Media and Consumption.

Research Expertise
Commercialisation of the public sector, Role of consultants in public sector commercialisation, 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.









Qualifications

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

Keywords

  • Commercialisation and the Public Sector
  • Interaction of ideas and interests in policy making
  • Interaction of political economy and political sociology with political institutions
  • Political Economies
  • Public Policy
  • Studies of Human Society

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/05/2000 -  Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
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Publications

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


Book (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
1992 Howard M, Fightback or Setback? The Hewson Proposals to Cut Public Expenditure, Public Sector Research Centre, UNSW, Kensington, Sydney, 133 (1992)
1987 Howard M, State, Business and Unions in the Restructuring of the Building Industry in Australia, 1937-1952, Dept of Political Science, RSSS, ANU, Canberra, 158 (1987)

Chapter (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
1998 Howard M, ''Commercialisation'', International Encyclopaedia of Public Policy and Administration, Westwood Press, Boulder, USA 424-426 (1998) [B1]
1997 Howard M, ''Government as a Business'', Government-Business Relations: Concepts and Issues, Thomas Nelson, South Melbourne 80-100 (1997)
1992 Howard M, 'The Curtin-Chifley Governments: An Ideal Collective Capitalist State?', A Century of Social Change, Pluto Press, Leichardt NSW 2040 69-82 (1992)
1983 Howard M, 'Poverty Lines in the 1980s: Rejection or Redevelopment? Guidelines towards a Relative Poverty Line', Social Policy in the 1980s, CCAE, Canberra 146-161 (1983)
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Journal article (16 outputs)

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2006 Howard 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]
2004 Howard 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]
1998 Howard M, 'User pays: Public Sector Finance Trends and Social Impact (in Cater, M and Paddon, M. (eds), 'Shouldering the Burden: the Equity Impact of Micro-economic Reform').', Public Sector Research Centre Seminar Papers, 22 67-82 (1998)
1997 Howard M, 'Consultants to Commonwealth Departments: Market Structure and Type of Consultancies, 1987-93', Canberra Bulletin of Public Administration, 83-97 (1997)
1996 Howard M, 'A Growth Industry? Use of Consultants Reported by Commonwealth Departments, 1974-1994', Canberra Bulletin of Public Administration, 62-74 (1996)
1996 Howard M, 'A Sea Change in Staffing Mode? Commonwealth Department Spending on External Consultants and In-House Employees, 1988/89 - 1993/94', Canberra Bulletin of Public Administration, 75-84 (1996)
1994 Howard M, 'Comet Consultants and the Money They Make', Directions in Government, 8 12-13 (1994)
1993 Howard M, 'Cost of Consultants Begins to Emerge', Directions in Government, 7 34-35 (1993)
1993 Howard M, Howard MJ, 'Australia's Uncertainty: What Should the Public Sector be Doing in the 1990s?: Selected Addresses to the UNSW Symposium', Canberra Bulletin of Public Administration, 69-70 (1993)
1992 Howard M, 'Consulting to Government: Tracking Agency Reporting', Directions in Government, 6 26-26 (1992)
1991 Howard M, 'Effectiveness and Quality of Service Data: Public Sector 'Affluence', Private Sector 'Squalor'?', Australian Journal of Public Administration, 50 264-273 (1991)
1988 Howard M, 'Advocacy and Resistance: the Question of a Post-War Commonwealth Role in Community Facilities, Town Planning and Regional Planning 1939-1952', Urban Research Unit Working Papers, No. 9 1-47 (1988)
1988 Howard M, 'A Commonwealth Role in Planning: Advocacy and Resistance', Urban Policy and Research, 6 139-141 (1988)
1982 Howard MJ, 'Commentary: Sequels to the Community Health Program', Community Health Studies, 6 292-298 (1982)
1982 Howard M, 'Poverty Lines in the 1980s: Rejection or Redevelopment?', Social Security Journal, 2 1-13 (1982)
1979 Howard M, 'Sir Harry Percy Brown, 1878-1967', Australian Dictionary of Biography, 437-439 (1979)
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Conference (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2009 Howard M, 'Technical auxiliaries or policy pushers? The international accounting firms and privatisation', Public Policy Network Conference. Abstracts (2009) [E3]
2008 Howard M, 'Getting Bigger and Broader? Contracts and Consultancies of the International Accounting Firms for Commonwealth Agencies, 1987-2007', National Institute of Governance Seminar (2008) [E2]
2005 Howard 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 (2005) [E1]
2005 Howard 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' (2005) [E2]
2004 Howard 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 (2004) [E1]
2004 Howard M, 'Commonwealth department consultancies: oriented to programme content or corporate services?', 'Refereed Papers' of the Australasian Political Studies Association Conference 2004 (2004) [E1]
1992 Howard M, 'Commercialisation of Government Business Enterprises: Implications for Disadvantaged Groups pp 89-104 in', Social Policy in Australia: Options for the 1990s. Proceedings of National Social Policy Conference. vol. 2. SPRC Reports and Proceedings, no. 97. (1992)
1992 Howard M, ''Economics, Alternative Economics and Political Economy: An Overview of the Papers' pp 42-50', Eco-Politics V: Proceedings of Conference. Centre for Liberal and General Studies, UNSW. (1992)
1990 Howard M, 'The Big Chill? Trends in the Level and Composition of Public Expenditure in Australia. pp35-50', Social Policy in Australia: What Future for the Welfare State? ?, Proceedings of National Social Policy Conference. Vol. 4. SWRC Reports and Proceedings. No. 82 (1990)
1982 Howard M, 'Poverty in the Housing Field: The Limits of Government Intervention 1937-52', Australian Housing Conference (1982)
1981 Howard M, 'Beyond Full Employment:: Commonwealth Intervention in the Building Industry During Post-War Reconstruction 1941-49', Conference on Post-War Reconstruction. The Australian National University, The Research School of Social Sciences (1981)
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Other (24 outputs)

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1998 Howard M, 'User Pays: Public Sector Trends and Social Impact pp 67-82 in Cater M and Paddon M (eds) Shouldering the Burden: the Equity Impact of Micro-Economic Reform: Selected Proceedings of PSRC Seminar held 30 October 1996. PSRC Seminar Papers No 22', ( pp.1-88). Kensington, Sydney: PSRC, UNSW (1998)
1998 Howard M, 'A Smaller, More Commercialised Public Sector? Evidence from Australia pp 69-85 in Small R (ed) A Global State? Implications of Globalisation and Challenges for the Public Sector in Australia. Selected Proceedings of PSRC Conference held 26-27 September 1994. PSRC Collected Papers No 4', ( pp.1-134). Kensington, Sydney: PSRC, UNSW (1998)
1997 Howard M, 'Growth and Patterns in Use of Consultants at the Commonwealth Level pp6-33 in Howard M J (ed) The Rise of Consultants: Enhancing or Eroding Public Sector Expertise?: Selected Proceedings of PSRC Seminar held 13 October 1995. PSRC Seminar Papers No 19', ( pp.1-124). Kensington, Sydney: PSRC, UNSW (1997)
1997 Howard M, 'User Pays Pricing Policy at Local Government Level: Overseas Trends and Social Impacts. PSRC Discussion Paper No. 43', ( pp.1-68). Kensington, Sydney: PSRC, UNSW (1997)
1997 Howard M, 'Cutbacks, Competition and Commercialisation: Australian Public Sector Trends in an International Context. PSRC Discussion Paper No. 45', ( pp.1-52). Sydney: PSRC, UNSW (1997)
1997 Howard M, 'Beyond the 1996 Budget: Audit and Productivity Commission Blueprints for the Public Sector. Select Proceedings of a PSRC Seminar held 24 September 1996. PSRC Seminar Paper No. 21', ( pp.1-95). Kensington, Sydney: PSRC, UNSW (1997)
1997 Howard M, 'The Rise of Consultants: Enhancing or Eroding Public Sector Expertise. Select Proceedings of a PSRC Seminar held 13 October 1995. PSRC Seminar Paper No. 19', ( pp.1-124). Kensington, Sydney: PSRC, UNSW (1997)
1995 Howard M, Howard MJ, 'Scrounging to Meet the Shortfall: Fees, Fundraising and Sponsorship in Government Schools. PSRC Discussion Paper No.40', ( pp.1-34). Kensington, Sydney: PSRC, UNSW (1995)
1994 Howard M, 'From GBEs to General Government: Commercialisation Trends in the Australian Public Sector. PSRC Discussion Paper No. 36', ( pp.1-22). Kensington, Sydney: PSRC, UNSW (1994)
1992 Howard M, Howard MJ, 'Implementing Privatisation: the Case of the GIO Float. PSRC Working Paper No. 9', ( pp.1-18). Kensington, Sydney: PSRC, UNSW (1992)
1992 Howard M, 'Vouchers and Client Based Funding in Social Policy - Current Trends and Issues: Select Proceedings of a PSRC Seminar held 26 November 1991. PSRC Discussion Paper No. 27', ( pp.1-29). Kensington, Sydney: PSRC, UNSW (1992)
1991 Howard M, 'Response to Deregulation: the Recent and Future Role of the Commonwealth Bank. PSRC Discussion Paper No. 13', ( pp.1-29). Kensington, Sydney: PSRC, UNSW (1991)
1991 Howard M, 'Commercialisation of Government Business Enterprises and the Debate over Community Service Obligations. PSRC Discussion Paper No. 18', ( pp.1-9). Kensington, Sydney: PSRC, UNSW (1991)
1991 Howard M, 'Commercialisation of General Government and GBEs: Issues for the Social Policy Lobby. PSRC Working Paper No. 8', ( pp.1-8). Kensington, Sydney: PSRC, UNSW (1991)
1990 Howard M, 'The De-regulation Initiatives of the Greiner Government in NSW, 1988-1989. CAPSM Seminar, Griffith University', ( pp.1-20) (1990)
1990 Howard M, 'The Use of Consultants by the Public Sector in Australia: Recent Evidence and Issues. PSRC Working Paper No. 6', ( pp.1-47) (1990)
1990 Howard M, ''Regulatory Reform' at the State Level in Australia: Fostering Competition or Pampering the Business Status Quo? PSRC Working Paper No. 7', ( pp.1-25). Kensington, Sydney: PSRC, UNSW (1990)
1990 Howard M, 'Public Sector Union Research: Issues, Resources and Methods. Select Proceedings of a PSRC Seminar held 4-5 September 1989. PSRC Information Paper No. 6', ( pp.1-31). Kensington, Sydney: PSRC, UNSW (1990)
1989 Howard M, 'Public Expenditure Constraint: Commercialisation Trends in the Child Care and Aged Care Fields. PSRC Discussion Paper No.4', ( pp.1-14). Kensington, Sydney: PSRC, UNSW (1989)
1989 Howard M, 'A Big Business 'Line' on the Public Sector? The EPAC Pre-Budget Submissions of National Peak Business Organisations, 1984-89. PSRC Discussion Paper No 2', ( pp.1-17). Kensington, Sydney: PSRC, UNSW (1989)
1989 Howard M, 'The Big Chill? Trends in the Level and Composition of Public Expenditure in Australia. PSRC Discussion Paper No.1', ( pp.1-24) (1989)
1989 Howard M, 'Social Policy and Expenditure under the Hawke Government 1983-1989. PSRC Working Paper No.1', ( pp.1-18). Kensington, Sydney: PSRC, UNSW (1989)
1986 Howard M, 'Interpreting State Regulation of Capital: Aspects of the Banking and Monetary Policies of the Curtin-Chifley Governments, 1941-49, 45pp. 'Business and Politics' Session, APSA 28th Annual Conference, Brisbane', : APSA (1986)
1981 Howard M, 'The Past, Present and Future of Community Health', ( pp.1-114). Sydney: NSW Community Health Association (1981)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 5
Total funding $277,850

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20051 grants / $320

Annual Conference of the Australasian Political Studies Association, 28-30 September 2005$320

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Michael Howard
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0185926
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20041 grants / $350

Annual Conference of the Australasian Political Studies Association, 29 Sept - 1 Oct 2004$350

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Michael Howard
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0184851
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20031 grants / $180

Annual Conference of the Australian Political Studies Foundation 29/09 to 1/10/03$180

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Michael Howard
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0183654
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20011 grants / $7,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Michael Howard
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0181590
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19931 grants / $270,000

'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)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team

M. Howard

Scheme Collaborative Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1993
Funding Finish 1995
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed7
Current1

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2016 Honours Individualised Funding for Clients with Intellectual Disability: A Hunter Region Case Study of the NDIS
Welfare Studies, University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD Political Influence, Appointments and Public Sector Management Reform in Kenya, 1963 - 2014
PhD (Sociology & Anthropology), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2010 Honours The Impact of the 2005 Welfare to Work Act on People with Disabilities
Policy Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor
2009 Honours A Return to Interventionism? An Analysis of Manufacturing Policy under the Rudd Labor Government 2007-2009
Politic Science & Policy Studs, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor
2008 Honours Deserving or Undeserving? The Howard Government's Approach to Disability
Politic Science & Policy Studs, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor
2007 Honours For-Profit Organisations in the Community Services Industry: Exploring their Context, Growth and Differences with Not-for-Profit Organisations
Welfare Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor
2006 Honours From Ecologism to Social Justice? Australian Greens Population Policy 1995-2004
Politic Science & Policy Studs, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor
2005 Honours Sexual Assault: Efforts at Prevention by the NSW Government in the Context of its Wider Response, 1977-2005
Politic Science & Policy Studs, University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor
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Dr Michael Howard

Position

Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Politics and Policy

Contact Details

Email michael.howard@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4349 4458
Fax (02) 4348 4075

Office

Room HO1.69
Building Humanities Office
Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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