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The Merger of the Foreign Affairs and Trade Departments Revisited

Harris, Stuart


In July 1987 the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Trade were merged into a single department. Fifteen years on, this article assesses the benefits and costs of the merger. It focuses on two questions. Firsly, did the organisational change meet the objectives being sought: that is, better coordination and greater efficiency, flexibility and responsiveness? Secondly, were Australia's capabilities in managing its international relations enhanced by the merger? The article...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of International Affairs
DOI: 10.1080/10357710220147433


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