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Wayward governance : illegality and its control in the public sector / P N Grabosky
Canberra : Australian Institute of Criminology, 1989
ISBN 0 642 14605 5
(Australian studies in law, crime and justice series)

But what is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.

James Madison, 1751-1836
President of the United States

This book would not have been possible without the advice and assistance of people too numerous to mention.

The author is most indebted to the staff of the J.V. Barry Memorial Ubrary of the Australian Institute of Criminology for assistance rendered over the course of the project. Additional support was provided by libraries of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Affairs.

Each of the case studies was read by someone familiar with the case in question or with the area of government activity which it entailed. David Biles, John Braithwaite, Brent Fisse, Tom Molomby, Cynthia Stohl, Michael Stohl, Bruce Swanton, Grant Wardlaw and Paul Wilson read and commented constructively on the entire manuscript.

Maggie Brady was particularly helpful with those chapters relating to Aboriginal affairs. Roger West and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre kindly granted me access to their files on the Social Security Conspiracy Case; Bill Luchetti allowed me to peruse the voluminous correspondence of the Yass Shire Council regarding their waste disposal difficulties; Alison Ziller permitted a review of the proceedings of the Jane Hill case; Peter Loof shared his insight of the Deputy Crown Solicitor's Office; Bob Brown provided me with materials on the Lea Tree incident, and Bob Ellis with guidance relating to Aboriginal sacred sites.

Special thanks are due to Irena Le Lievre, who typed the entire manuscript, and to Angela Grant, whose unsurpassed editorial guidance and indexing skills greatly facilitated the final stages of this project.

The introductory and concluding chapters were written during a period of temporary asylum kindly granted by the Department of Political Science, Northwestern University. Professor Wesley Skogan deserves special thanks for introducing me to personal computing, and for his tolerance and forbearance when I broke his machine.

The introductory and concluding chapters formed the basis of papers presented to annual meetings of the American Political Science Association, the Law and Society Association, and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology. An earlier version of Chapter 5 was published in Race and Class, vol. 29, no. 23, 1988.

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