On governing

My day job is as a policy public servant in the state government of Victoria, in the south-eastern corner of Australia. Despite the discouragement to public servants to speak their mind openly in public words, I have written a number of reflections and short essays on the topic of governing. In this blog I have moved from posting these thoughts on a previous pseudonymous blog, to writing in my own name. Publish or be damned?

I have posted two conference papers I have given over the years on issues I have dealt with at work:

These essays include:

I believe in what I call the ordinary virtues of governing well. It is a kind of philosophy of my second vocation. Like Confucius and Machiavelli, I preach the virtues of this tradition, despite the difficulties I encounter when I try to enact these virtues in the institutions of our time.

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