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Policy development and design for fire and emergency management

Handmer, John and Dovers, Stephen (2008). Policy development and design for fire and emergency management. The Australian Journal of Emergency Management,23(1):21-29.

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Title Policy development and design for fire and emergency management
Author Handmer, John
Dovers, Stephen
Journal Name The Australian Journal of Emergency Management
Publication Date 2008
Volume Number 23
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1324-1540   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 21
End Page 29
Total Pages 9
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Emergency Management Australia
Field of Research 1103 - Clinical Sciences
1605 - Policy and Administration
2001 - Communication and Media Studies
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Fire and emergency managers have generally been more concerned with undertaking their immediate, vital mission than longer term, strategic policy development. This paper draws on a recent book by the authors to suggest a process for developing and implementing robust policy for fire and emergency management. Different approaches to policy development are discussed. The case is made that there are distinct types of policy problems in fire and emergency management, each requiring distinct approaches. The need for thought on policy implementation style, the advantages of multiple problem framing and the challenge of policy instrument choice are set out.
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