Adam Graycar

Professor Adam Graycar

Professor of Public Policy

Arts Faculty Office

Faculty of Arts

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Adam Graycar has had careers in both academia and government. He has held professorial positions at Flinders University, National University of Singapore, the Australian National University, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and University of New South Wales. While at ANU he was Director of the Research School of Social Sciences, and the founder of the Transnational Research Institute on Corruption.

He acquired extensive policy experience over 22 years in the various senior level posts he has held in both in the Commonwealth and the South Australian Governments. He was the longest serving director of the Australian Institute of Criminology (Commonwealth) and head of the Cabinet Office, government of South Australia. He has worked extensively and globally with agencies such as the United Nations and World Bank.

He has two doctorates from the University of NSW. He is the author of some 250 scholarly publications, and is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. He is also a Member of the Order of Australia.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 - 2019 Professor of Public Policy (part time) National University of Singapore
    2015 - 2019 Professor of Public Policy Flinders University
    2010 - 2015 Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Research School of Social Sciences Australian National University
    2007 - 2010 Dean and Professor, School of Criminal Justice Rutgers University–Newark
    2003 - 2007 Head, Cabinet Office Government of South Australia
    1994 - 2003 Director, Australian Institute of Criminology Australian Government
    1985 - 1994 Various positions, including Commissioner for the Ageing Government of South Australia
    1980 - 1985 Foundation Director, Social Policy Research Centre UNSW Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    UNSW Australia PhD
    UNSW Australia D.Litt
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Graycar, A. (2019). Mapping corruption in procurement. Journal of Financial Crime, 26(1), 162-178.
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    2019 Zhang, Y., Jancsics, D., & Graycar, A. (2019). Introduction to PAR Symposium of Understanding and Reducing Public Corruption. Public Administration Review, 79(4), 519-522.
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    2018 Graycar, A. (2018). Corruption in Public Administration: An Ethnographic Approach. PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION REVIEW, 78(2), 325-328.
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    2018 Yates, A., & Graycar, A. (2018). Death by a Thousand Cuts: Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding to Corruption in Local Government. Public Integrity.
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    2018 Praino, R., & Graycar, A. (2018). Does Corruption Follow Opportunity? A Study of the U.S. Congress. Public Integrity, 20(5), 478-496.
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    2018 Kempf, R., & Graycar, A. (2018). Dimensions of authority in oversight agencies: American and Australian comparisons. International Journal of Public Administration, 41(14), 1145-1156.
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    2018 Baum, F., Graycar, A., Delany-Crowe, T., de Leeuw, E., Bacchi, C., Popay, J., . . . Fitzgerald, J. (2018). Understanding Australian policies on public health using social and political science theories: reflections from an Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Workshop. Health promotion international, Online, 1-14.
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    2017 Graycar, A., & Jancsics, D. (2017). Gift Giving and Corruption. International Journal of Public Administration, 40(12), 1013-1023.
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    2016 van der Wal, Z., Graycar, A., & Kelly, K. (2016). See No Evil, Hear No Evil? Assessing Corruption Risk Perceptions and Strategies of Victorian Public Bodies. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 75(1), 3-17.
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    2016 Lenz, P., & Graycar, A. (2016). Stealing from the boss: Who is looking?. Journal of Financial Crime, 23(3), 613-623.
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    2016 Porter, L., & Graycar, A. (2016). Hotspots of corruption: Applying a problem-oriented policing approach to preventing corruption in the public sector. Security Journal, 29(3), 423-441.
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    2016 Ochoa, R., & Graycar, A. (2016). Tackling Conflicts of Interest: Policy Instruments in Different Settings. Public Integrity, 18(1), 83-100.
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    2016 Graycar, A. (2016). Corruption and Public Value. Public Integrity, 18(4), 339-341.
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    2016 Masters, A., & Graycar, A. (2016). Making Corruption Disappear in Local Government. Public Integrity, 18(1), 42-58.
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    2016 Graycar, A. (2016). Corruption in the Contemporary World: Theory, Practice and Hotspots. PERSPECTIVES ON POLITICS, 14(3), 908-909.
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    2015 Graycar, A. (2015). Corruption: Classification and analysis. Policy and Society, 34(2), 87-96.
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    2015 Graycar, A. (2015). 478595_Foreword. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 50(1), 3-4.
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    2015 Masters, A., & Graycar, A. (2015). Media reporting of corruption: policy implications. Crime, Law and Social Change, 64(2-3), 153-175.
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    2015 Graycar, A., & Monaghan, O. (2015). Rich Country Corruption. International Journal of Public Administration, 38(8), 586-595.
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    2014 Graycar, A. (2014). Awareness of Corruption in the Community and Public Service: A Victorian Study. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 73(2), 271-281.
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    2013 Graycar, A. (2013). The Hidden Order of Corruption: An Institutional Approach. AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY, 46(3), 452-453.
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    2012 Graycar, A. (2012). The Foundations of Organizational Evil. AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, 71(3), 364-365.
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    2012 Joutsen, M., & Graycar, A. (2012). When experts and diplomats agree: Negotiating peer review of the UN convention against corruption. Global Governance, 18(4), 425-439.
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    2012 Graycar, A., & Mccann, B. (2012). Implementation: Making Hard Work of Something Simple. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 71(3), 343-354.
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    2012 Graycar, A., & Sidebottom, A. (2012). Corruption and control: A corruption reduction approach. Journal of Financial Crime, 19(4), 384-399.
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    2011 Graycar, A., & Villa, D. (2011). The Loss of Governance Capacity through Corruption. Governance, 24(3), 419-438.
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    2011 Morris, P., & Graycar, A. (2011). Homicide through a different lens. British Journal of Criminology, 51(5), 823-838.
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    2007 Graycar, A. (2007). Public policy: Core business and by-products. Evidence and Policy, 3(4), 567-575.
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    1999 Graycar, A. (1999). Crime and older people. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 18(3), 107-108.
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    1993 Graycar, A. (1993). Ageing in Asia and Australia: Prospects and policies. Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, 3(2), 6-27.
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    1991 Graycar, A., & Jamrozik, A. (1991). Welfare and the State in Australia. Social Policy & Administration, 25(4), 273-283.
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    1990 Graycar, A. (1990). Talks Practice Under Pressure In the Changing Welfare State. Australian Social Work, 43(4), 23-28.
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    1987 Graycar, A., & Glover, J. (1987). DEPENDENCY IN NURSING HOMES. Australian Journal on Ageing, 6(3), 25-30.
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    1986 Graycar, A. (1986). ACCOMMODATION ISSUES FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE: STATE GOVERNMENT PERSPECTIVES. Australian Journal on Ageing, 5(4), 13-17.
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    1986 Graycar, A. (1986). The Development of Welfare Services for Elderly People (Book).. Sociology of Health & Illness, 8(4), 387-388.
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    1984 Graycar, A. (1984). Non-government welfare organizations in alistralia: Preliminary results from a national sample survey. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 13(3), 44-52.
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    1984 FEDERICO, R. (1984). SOCIAL-WELFARE IN AMERICA - AN ANNOTATED-BIBLIOGRAPHY - TRATTNER,WI, ACHENBAUM,WA. CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGY-A JOURNAL OF REVIEWS, 13(4), 516-518.
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    1984 Graycar, A., & Harrison, J. (1984). AGEING POPULATIONS AND SOCIAL CARE: POLICY ISSUES. Australian Journal on Ageing, 3(2), 3-9.
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    1983 Graycar, A. (1983). Informal, voluntary and statutory services: The complex relationship. British Journal of Social Work, 13(1), 379-393.
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    1982 GRAYCAR, A. (1982). SOCIAL-POLICY AND THE WELFARE-STATE IN NEW-ZEALAND - EASTON,B. SOCIAL SERVICE REVIEW, 56(3), 483-485.
    1982 GRAYCAR, A. (1982). STATES OF WELFARE - COMPARATIVE-ANALYSIS IN SOCIAL-POLICY - HIGGINS,J. SOCIAL SERVICE REVIEW, 56(3), 483-485.
    1981 LINFORD, A. (1981). WELFARE POLITICS IN AUSTRALIA - A STUDY IN POLICY ANALYSIS - GRAYCAR,A. SOCIAL SERVICE REVIEW, 55(1), 162-165.
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    1981 Graycar, A. (1981). Australia's Social Wage. Social Policy & Administration, 15(1), 78.
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    1980 Graycar, A. (1980). Experimentation and the Welfare State. Social Policy & Administration, 14(3), 233-248.
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    1979 Graycar, A. (1979). Political issues in research and evaluation. Evaluation Review, 3(3), 460-471.
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    1978 Graycar, A. (1978). Consultative arrangements in social policy: The second bailey report. Politics, 13(2), 326-328.
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    1977 GRAYCAR, A. (1977). FEDERALISM AND SOCIAL-WELFARE. POLITICS, 12(2), 150-160.
    1977 GRAYCAR, A. (1977). DEVOLUTION OF FEDERAL ACTIVITIES IN WELFARE - BAILEY REPORT. POLITICS, 12(2), 161-166.
    1977 Graycar, A. (1977). Research Note: Devolution of federal activities in welfare: The Bailey report. Politics, 12(2), 161-166.
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    1977 Graycar, A. (1977). THE RELEVANCE OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT TO SOCIAL WELFARE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 36(3), 238-248.
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    1977 Graycar, A. (1977). The Politics of Social Policy in Australia. Social Policy & Administration, 11(1), 3-20.
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    1976 Conway, J., Graycar, A., & Whimp, J. (1976). General practice and professional coordination. Medical Journal of Australia, 1(18), 666-669.
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    1976 Graycar, A. (1976). STATUS AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION: PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION.. J Inst Eng Aust, 48(1-2), 35-37.
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    1975 GRAYCAR, A. (1975). INFLUENCE OF INDUSTRY IN HIGHER-EDUCATION - SURVEY OF VIEWPOINTS. AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION, 19(3), 268-275.
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    1975 Graycar, A. (1975). Autonomy in higher education: Some research findings. Journal of Educational Administration, 13(2), 37-45.
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    1974 Graycar, A. (1974). Local Participation: The Australian Assistance Plan. Australian Social Work, 27(3), 5-12.
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    1974 Graycar, A. (1974). The australian assistance plan. International Social Work, 17(4), 54-59.
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    1974 JOYNER, C. (1974). GOVERNING AUSTRALIA - ATKINS,R AND GRAYCAR,A. WESTERN POLITICAL QUARTERLY, 27(1), 200.
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    1974 GRAYCAR, A. (1974). METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES IN EVALUATION OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES - AUSTRALIAN ASSISTANCE PLAN. AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL ISSUES, 9(4), 251-261.
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    1973 Graycar, A. (1973). Professions and Education. Journal of Sociology, 9(3), 64.
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  • Books

    Year Citation
    2011 Graycar, A., & Smith, R. (2011). Handbook of global research and practice in corruption. A. Graycar, & R. G. Smith (Eds.).
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  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2017 Graycar, A. (2017). Corruption. In A. Deckert, & R. Sarre (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Australian and New Zealand Criminology, Crime and Justice (pp. 251-267). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.
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    2017 Masters, A., & Graycar, A. (2017). A new Victorian era: Getting crime out of commercial sex. In B. Leclerc, & E. U. Savona (Eds.), Crime Prevention in the 21st Century: Insightful Approaches for Crime Prevention Initiatives (pp. 293-315). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
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    2016 Monaghan, O., & Graycar, A. (2016). Building integrity in public-sector operations. In A. Lawton, Z. van der Wal, & L. Huberts (Eds.), Ethics in Public Policy and Management: A Global Research Companion (pp. 87-107). Abingdon, Oxon; United Kingdom: Routledge.
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    2015 Graycar, A. (2015). 478586_Foreword. In Y. Zhang, & Z. Lavena (Eds.), Government Anti-Corruption Strategies: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (pp. vii-viii). Boca Raton, FL; USA: CRC Press.
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    2013 Graycar, A., & Felson, M. (2013). Situational prevention of organised timber theft and related corruption. In Situational Prevention of Organised Crimes (pp. 81-92).
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    2011 Graycar, A. (2011). International cooperation to combat money laundering. In M. Natarajan (Ed.), International Crime and Justice (pp. 445-452). Cambridge University Press.
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    2011 Graycar, A. (2011). Corruption. In M. Natarajan (Ed.), International Crime and Justice (pp. 215-222). Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
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    2011 Hicks, D., & Graycar, A. (2011). Money laundering. In M. Natarajan (Ed.), International Crime and Justice (pp. 171-177). Cambridge; United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
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  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2018 Graycar, A., & Masters, A. (2018). Preventing malfeasance in low corruption environments: Twenty public administration responses. In Journal of Financial Crime Vol. 25 (pp. 170-186).
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  • Position: Professor of Public Policy
  • Phone: 83134774
  • Email: adam.graycar@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 1
  • Room: 1 25
  • Org Unit: Faculty of Arts

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