Learning To Be A Minister

Heroic Expectations, Practical Realities

Anne Tiernan, Patrick Weller
Winner, Non-Fiction, Prime Minister's Literary Award, 2011
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Learning To Be A Minister

Published

6 August 2010

ISBN

9780522857986

Pages

366

Weight

471g

Size

235mm x 155mm

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

Learning To Be A Minister

Heroic Expectations, Practical Realities

Anne Tiernan, Patrick Weller
Winner, Non-Fiction, Prime Minister's Literary Award, 2011
In 1981, academic Patrick Weller teamed up with renowned political commentator and journalist Michelle Grattan to publish Can Ministers Cope?, a study of the challenges facing Australia's federal government ministers.
With the federal Labor government just twenty months into its first term in office, it was time to revisit the question 'Can ministers cope?' and to broaden the focus to ask how they cope, especially as relatively young and sometimes inexperienced players, in the transition to government after a long period in opposition.
Anne Tiernan and Patrick Weller draw on extensive interviews with current and former ministers, ministerial staffers and senior officials, to discover how a new ministry learns to juggle their simultaneous roles of member of Parliament and Cabinet, local constituency representative, and media spokesperson, not to mention their lives outside work.
Learning to Be a Minister is an in-depth examination of the day-to-day life of Australia's federal ministers at work.
In 1981, academic Patrick Weller teamed up with renowned political commentator and journalist Michelle Grattan to publish Can Ministers Cope?, a study of the challenges facing Australia's federal government ministers.
With the federal Labor government just twenty months into its first term in office, it was time to revisit the question 'Can ministers cope?' and to broaden the focus to ask how they cope, especially as relatively young and sometimes inexperienced players, in the transition to government after a long period in opposition.
Anne Tiernan and Patrick Weller draw on extensive interviews with current and former ministers, ministerial staffers and senior officials, to discover how a new ministry learns to juggle their simultaneous roles of member of Parliament and Cabinet, local constituency representative, and media spokesperson, not to mention their lives outside work.
Learning to Be a Minister is an in-depth examination of the day-to-day life of Australia's federal ministers at work.

Anne Tiernan

Anne Tiernan

Anne Tiernan is an associate professor in the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University, Brisbane. She is a faculty member of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government and ANZSOG Director in Queensland.

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Patrick Weller

Patrick Weller

Patrick Weller AO is a graduate of Oxford and the Australian National University. He has been professor of politics at Griffith University since 1984 and is now in the School of Government and International Relations. His areas of research are Australian politics and comparative institutions. He is the author of First Among Equals (1985), Malcolm Fraser: Prime Minister (1989), Australia's Mandarins (2001), Cabinet Government in Australia (2009), and co-author of Westminster Compared (2009), Inside the

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