2019 Peter Karmel Forum

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Understanding Politics and Policy through a Values Lens

This forum will discuss the insights that can be gained from thinking about politics and policy through a values lens.  Our lives are guided by sets of values that underpin our evaluations of good and bad, right and wrong, and what should or should not be.  These values have their origins in an individual’s upbringing, their religion, societal norms, and their lived experience.  Values are deeply held and hard to shift and they guide not only individual behaviour but also inform judgments about the appropriate functioning of society.

Recognising the role of values has important implications for politics and policy, highlighting the limitations of rational, value-free models of the policy process.  A values perspective draws attention to the inherently political nature of policy-making, and acknowledges its essential messiness, uncertainties, and conflicts around goal identification, problem definition, and instrument choice.

This forum will discuss how a political values perspective can enhance our understanding of political conflict and the policy process.

Speakers: Professor Linda Botterill (University of Canberra), Professor Brian Head (University of Queensland), and Professor Julie Lee (University of Western Australia)

Date: Friday, 24 May 2019
Venue: National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Canberra ACT
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm (Registration from 5:15pm)
The forum will be followed by the launch of Interrogating Public Policy: a political values perspective from 6:45pm (light refreshments provided).

RSVP: by Wednesday, 22 May 2019
FREE Admission – Bookings Essential

Registration: https://www.trybooking.com/BCOVA

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