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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

CodeDescriptionPercentage
169999Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/05/2000 - LecturerUniversity 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)

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

Journal article (2 outputs)

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]
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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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, '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, '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 grants5
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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Michael Howard
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNoG0185926
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20041 grants / $350

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Michael Howard
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0184851
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20031 grants / $180

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Michael Howard
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0183654
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Michael Howard
SchemeNew Staff Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2001
Funding Finish2001
GNoG0181590
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team
SchemeCollaborative Research Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1993
Funding Finish1995
GNo
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

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

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

Office

RoomHO1.69
BuildingHumanities Office
LocationOurimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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