Leadership (In the National Interest) (Paperback)

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The level of public frustration and disengagement with political leaders has never been higher. At the same time, the problems we need them to deal with, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, a crisis in aged care, and accelerating climate change, are immediate and urgent. Based on his experience working closely with a large number of ministers and their private offices, both at the federal and state level, and his time in the United States, Don Russell reflects on politicians, the political process, and the role of government, and explains why our political leaders are as they are. Drawing on his experience, including his involvement in the golden age of public policy of the Hawke/Keating years and his observations on Australia’s early success responding to the pandemic, he suggests that there is a pathway that can lead to dramatically better outcomes for the country and more satisfying and longer careers for our politicians. People want their elected officials to be informed, to be capable and creative, to be able to devise solutions that work, and then to be able to explain those solutions and bring the community with them. They want their elected officials to lead.

About the Author

Dr. Don Russell has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, and a unique perspective on policy formulation and the political process. Don served as Australia’s ambassador to the United States in Washington during the Clinton years and was principal adviser to the Hon. Paul Keating during his time as treasurer and prime minister. Until 2018, Dr. Russell was the chief executive of the South Australian Department of Premier and Cabinet. Dr. Russell is currently the Independent Chair of AustralianSuper. Don lives in Sydney with his wife Lisa Barker and their dog Sunny.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781922464187
ISBN-10: 192246418X
Publisher: Monash University Publishing
Publication Date: June 1st, 2021
Pages: 96
Language: English
Series: In the National Interest