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Title: Shared Services in Australian Local Government: Rationale, Alternative Models and Empirical Evidence
Contributor(s): Dollery, Brian E  (author); Akimov, Alexandr (author); Byrnes, Joel David (author)
Publication Date: 2009
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8500.2009.00635.x
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Abstract: Widespread enthusiasm amongst Australian policy elites for structural reform in local government has evaporated as disappointing outcomes of council amalgamation programs became evident. As a consequence, emphasis has now shifted towards shared serviced models as a means of enhancing service provision and reducing costs. However, a disturbing feature of the current debate on shared services has been the absence of a well-articulated economic and political rationale for this form of service delivery, a lack of analysis of alternative models of shared service provision and a neglect of available empirical evidence. This article seeks to remedy these deficiencies by considering the analytical foundations of shared local services, conducting a review of alternative models as vehicles for shared services and evaluating available empirical evidence.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Journal of Public Administration, 68(2), p. 208-219
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of Publication: Sydney, Australia
ISSN: 0313-6647
Field of Research (FOR): 160510 Public Policy
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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