1. Federalism under the Rudd and Gillard governments / Mary-Ann McQuestin -- 2. Adaptation and reform in Australian federalism / Alan Fenna -- 3. The COAG Reform Council : a view from the inside / Geoff Gallop -- 4. The Council for the Australian Federation and the ties that bind / Jennifer Menzies -- 5. Making room for democracy in intergovernmental relations / Paul Kildea -- 6. Increasing accountability at the heart of the federation / Phillip O'Meara and Anna Faithfull -- 7. Tied grants and policy reform in public hospitals and schools / Vijaya L. Ramamurthy -- 8. Designing intergovernmental grants to facilitate policy reform / Neil Warren -- 9. Using regulation to effect constitutional change in higher education / Robyn Hollander -- 10. The High Court and dynamic federalism / Melissa Perry -- 11. The reference power : the rise and rise of a placitum? / Andrew Lynch -- 12. Popular ratification of the State constitutions / Nicholas Aroney -- 13. A gender and change perspective on intergovernmental relations / Louise Chappell, Deborah Brennan and Kim Rubenstein -- 14. Health policy as contested terrain in the Australian federation / Janet Anderson -- 15. Water reform and the federal system / Alex Gardner -- 16. Rewriting the federation through referendum / George Williams -- 17. Measuring the mysteries of federal political culture in Australia / A. J. Brown -- 18. State initiation of section 128 referenda / Sarah Murray -- 19. Deliberative constitutional change in a polarised federation / Ron Levy.