The Policymaker, a digital publication of the James Martin Institute for Public Policy (JMI), invites contributors to make an argument drawn from their expertise or experience. Articles analyse public problems, present evidence, and propose solutions. The opinion article format is an opportunity to step back and offer a more reflective and rigorous perspective on an important or emerging policy challenge facing Australia at a local, state, or national level.
In keeping with JMI’s broader ethos, The Policymaker has a strong commitment to analytic rigour and clarity, as well as expanding policy imagination, while our editorial stance is independent and non-partisan.
Articles on The Policymaker are typically too specialised and detailed for a newspaper opinion piece but shorter than a full policy brief. Articles should focus on policy innovations and new insights on a significant, neglected, or especially hard policy challenge facing Australia, including in the future.
The Policymaker is aimed at an informed reader, without presuming specialist knowledge. The intended audience includes politicians, other policymakers, experts across disciplines, practitioners in relevant fields, and the interested public.
JMI’s tone is always constructive and respectful, with an eye to enabling government to solve problems. Critical analysis has its place – describing and contextualising a policy challenge – but the primary orientation and emphasis of articles on The Policymaker is forward-looking: meaningfully expanding policy options, and creating more space for policy pathways and experimentation that serve the common good.
We work collaboratively with contributors. Drafts are subject to editing for style, clarity, and length. Headlines and presentational elements are ultimately the prerogative of the Institute’s editors.