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Title: An Analysis of the Joint Board or County Model as the Structural Basis for Effective Australian Local Governance
Contributor(s): Dollery, Brian Edward  (author); Johnson, Andrew Keith (author)
Publication Date: 2007
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8500.2007.00528.x
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Abstract: Australian policy-makers continue to rely on municipal amalgamation as the main engine of structural reform in local government, despite strong evidence that it diminishes participation and representation without improving service efficiency. Several promising, but neglected alternative models of structural reform have been developed, including ad hoc resource sharing models, Regional Organisations of Councils, virtual local government, and agency models. In an encouraging response to the recent policy of enforced council amalgamations in NSW, the Shires Association of NSW (2004) has recently proposed a `Joint Board model' of local governance and invited comment on this model. This article takes up this challenge and seeks to place the Joint Board model in conceptual context and evaluate its characteristics and simulated cost savings.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Journal of Public Administration, 66(2), p. 198-209
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of Publication: Melbourne (VIC), Australia
ISSN: 1467-8500
Field of Research (FOR): 140218 Urban and Regional Economics
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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