Street level bureaucrats in a relational state

26 November 2020

In this webinar, Associate Professor Miranda Forsyth and Dr Gordon Peake discuss governance in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville through the lens of those whom Lipsky famously termed “street-level bureaucrats.”

They will draw attention to the role of human relationships in complex governance systems and seek to stimulate discussion about how much of what happens in the world happens because of relationality, and how can we account for this better in our theorising about how change happens.

About the speakers

Miranda Forsyth is an Associate Professor in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) in the College of Asia and Pacific at ANU. Prior to coming to ANU, she was a senior lecturer in criminal law at the law school of the University of the South Pacific, based in Port Vila, Vanuatu. She is the author of A Bird that Flies with Two Wings: Kastom and State Justice Systems in Vanuatu (2009) ANU ePress and co-author of_ Weaving Intellectual Property Policy in Small island Developing States_, Intersentia 2015.

Gordon Peake is a Visitor at RegNet for 2020-2021. For the last fifteen years, Dr Peake has been engaging with issues of governance and post-conflict settlement in the Asia-Pacific region. He has lived and worked in Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea.

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