The Merger of the Foreign Affairs and Trade Departments Revisited

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    Abstract

    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 reaches mainly positive conclusions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)223-235
    JournalAustralian Journal of International Affairs
    Volume56
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2002

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