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Dr Michael Howard

Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Science (Politics and Policy)

Career Summary

Biography

Michael Howard's research and teaching focus is public policy. 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 in the 1940s. 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).

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 80 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.

.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.









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.


Chapter (1 outputs)

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

Journal article (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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]

Conference (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2009 Howard M, 'Technical auxiliaries or policy pushers? The international accounting firms and privatisation', Public Policy Network Conference. Abstracts, ANU, Canberra (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, Canberra, ACT (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, Dunedin (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', University of Canberra (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, Brisbane (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, Adelaide (2004) [E1]
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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
Scheme Collaborative Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1993
Funding Finish 1995
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2012 Workplace Injuries/Deaths and the Neo-Liberal State: Is 'Regulation' Enough?
Studies In Human Society, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2011 Political Influence, Appointments and Public Sector Management Reform in Kenya, 1963 - 2014
Studies In Human Society, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal 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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