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Public Inquiries, Policy Learning, and the Threat of Future Crises

Alastair Stark


This book is animated by a simple but very important question. Can post-crisis inquiries deliver effective lesson-learning which will reduce our vulnerability to future threats? Conventional wisdom suggests that the answer to this question should be an emphatic no. Inquiries are regularly vilified as costly wastes of time that illuminate very little and change even less. This book, however, draws upon evidence from an international comparison of post-crisis inquiries in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom to show that, contrary to conventional wisdom, the post-crisis inquiry ... More

Keywords: public inquiry, policy learning, lesson-learning, crisis management, disaster management, post-crisis reform, public policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198831990
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198831990.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alastair Stark, author
Lecturer in Public Policy, School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland