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Anne Tiernan


Anne Tiernan is an associate professor in the Centre of Governance and Public Policy and School of Government at Griffith University. She is director of postgraduate and executive programs in policy analysis and public administration in Griffith’s School of Government and International Relations. The Gatekeepers: Lessons from Prime Ministers’ Chiefs of Staff (written with R.A.W Rhodes) was published by MUP August 2014.

Her research interests include: policy advice, executive advisory systems, policy capacity, federalism and intergovernmental coordination. She is author of several books, including Learning to be a Minister: Heroic Expectations, Practical Realities (with Patrick Weller, Melbourne University Press, 2010) and Power Without Responsibility: Ministerial Staffers in Australian Governments from Whitlam to Howard (UNSW Press, 2007).

Tiernan is a member of the Member of the Public Records Review Committee of the Queensland State Archives and serves on the board of directors of St Rita’s College Ltd. Between 2008 and 2012, she was a member of the board of commissioners of the Queensland Public Service Commission.

She consults regularly to Australian governments at all levels.

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