Date & Time
May 29, 201917:30:00
LocationNational Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Canberra ACT
AdmissionFREE, Bookings essential
CategoryPeter Karmel Forum
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.