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Title: The Debate that Had to Happen But Never Did: The Changing Role of Australian Local Government
Contributor(s): Dollery, Brian Edward (author); Wallis, Joe (author); Allan, Percy (author)
Publication Date: 2006
DOI: 10.1080/10361140600959775
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Abstract: The past few decades have witnessed a significant transformation in the composition of Australian local government service provision away from its traditional narrow emphasis on 'services to property' towards a broader 'services to people' approach. This process has occurred by default in an ad hoc incremental manner with virtually no debate on the changing role of local councils, unlike the New Zealand experience where a similar transition in service delivery generated public debate. In an effort to stimulate a 'debate that had to happen but never did', this paper seeks to establish whether a significant shift in the service mix of Australian municipalities has indeed taken place and then evaluates three stylized models of local government that could be adopted in Australia: minimalist councils; optimalist councils; and maximalist councils.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Journal of Political Science, 41(4), p. 553-567
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: Abingdon (Oxon), UK
ISSN: 1036-1146
Field of Research (FOR): 140213 Public Economics- Public Choice
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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