Constructing and Managing the Policy "Problem" of Tertiary Entrance: a case study of Queensland

Year: 1992

Author: Gale, Trevor

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper provides a critical policy analysis of the processes involved in the creation of a new mode of tertiary selection in Queensland during 1990. The interest here is in the interactive processes of the Viviani Review, in its passage from the intended to the actual. More specifically, the paper documents and analyses the creation of tertiary selection as a policy "problem", and considers the development of a policy "solution" within a "reforming" political context associated with the new Goss government. Drawing from Offe (1975, 1984, 1985) and others, the paper concludes that policy problems are not self- evident, but constructed, and are not solved, but managed.