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Title: An Analysis of the Criteria Used by Australian Local Government Amalgamation Inquiries Between 1960 and 1992
Contributor(s): Soul, Stephen (author); Dollery, Brian E (author)
Publication Date: 2011
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Abstract: Between 1960 and 1992 Australian state governments held numerous formal Inquiries into the question of appropriate local government boundaries. The deliberations and subsequent reports produced by these Inquiries provides an instructive and informative historical background to contemporary debates surrounding the controversial issue of local government amalgamation. This paper outlines and examines the major criteria invoked by these Inquiries. It is argued that not only are many criteria intrinsically incoherent, but that they have also generally been inconsistently applied to the problem of local government amalgamation.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Effective Federalism and Local Finance, v.1: How Federal and Decentralized Systems Work and Institutional Underpinnings, p. 496-519
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Place of Publication: Cheltenham, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9781848444430
Field of Research (FOR): 160509 Public Administration
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics
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