Public Policy: core business and by-products
This paper explores the interesting phenomenon of unintended consequences in policy making: that benefits may accrue in one domain of policy making as the result of actions in another with very different interests and priorities. For example, a key randomised controlled trial of a nurse home visiting programme for young mothers identified significant long term crime reduction benefits among their children. Policy makers, in Australia and elsewhere, are currently not well equipped to recognise or capitalise on these by-products of policy making, and the author offers some suggestions for improving matters.
"This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Evidence & Policy. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Graycar, Adam (2007) Public Policy: core business and by-products, Evidence and Policy, Vol. 3, No 4, 567-575 . is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/174426407782516475"