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Title: Local Government Amalgamation in New South Wales
Contributor(s): Tiley, Ian  (author); Dollery, Brian E  (author)
Publication Date: 2010
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Abstract: Australian local government has been forced in recent decades to engage in 'amalgamation wars'. State governments have been the primary initiators for reducing numbers of local authorities, usually on the premise that there were too many authorities. States have pursued amalgamations often on the pretext of the perceived need for greater efficiency and better service delivery to local communities. However, numerous scholars, as well as practitioners in the local government sector, have argued that amalgamations on their own have not necessarily generated efficiencies. In addition, communities have often strongly opposed mergers and appealed against the perceived loss of local identity and local democracy. This paper examines the recent history of amalgamations of New South Wales councils and other structural reform initiatives in local government in that state.
Publication Type: Working Paper
Field of Research (FOR): 149999 Economics not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: W Working Paper
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Series Name: Centre for Local Government Working Paper Series
Series Number : 03-2010
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