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Title: Amalgamation in action: Participant perspectives on the Armidale regional council merger process
Contributor(s): Wallace, Andrea  (author); Dollery, Brian  (author); Tran, Carolyn-Dung Thi Thanh  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2019-12
Early Online Version: 2019-11-12
DOI: 10.1002/ajs4.88
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Abstract: Under its Fit for the Future reform programme, in May 2016 the New South Wales (NSW) government forcibly merged a number of municipalities, including the Armidale Dumaresq Council and the Guyra Shire Council in the New England region of northern NSW. Whilst scholarly attention has focused on the likely impact of municipal mergers on council performance at the system‐wide level (Bell, Dollery & Drew 2016; Economic Papers: A journal of applied economics and policy, 35, 99), much less effort has been devoted to the analysis of the perspectives of council managers and employees involved in forced consolidation. In order to address this gap in the literature, in this paper we present a case study of compulsory council consolidation of the Armidale and Guyra councils based on interviews with senior managers as well as a survey of council workers.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Journal of Social Issues, 54(4), p. 436-455
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1839-4655
Field of Research (FOR): 160509 Public Administration
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 940204 Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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