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Title: The Implications of the Lyons Report into Local Government in England for Structural Reform in Australian Local Government
Contributor(s): Grant, Bligh  (author); Dollery, Brian E  (author); Crase, Lin (author)
Publication Date: 2009
DOI: 10.1080/01900690903026034
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Abstract: The Lyons Inquiry into English local government presented its Final Report in 2007. It has significant implications for local government jurisdictions beyond England. This article considers the import of the Lyons Inquiry for reform to Australian local government. It is argued that the Lyons Inquiry adds weight to other work that questions the traditional reliance on amalgamation as the chief instrument of Australian local government reform. In particular, the "place-shaping" thesis developed in the Lyons Inquiry shows that the Australian emphasis on structural reform has been misdirected. Further, the Lyons Report offers a range of policy options besides municipal amalgamation.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Public Administration, 32(10), p. 852-867
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Place of Publication: New York, USA
ISSN: 0190-0692
Field of Research (FOR): 160603 Comparative Government and Politics
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 940203 Political Systems
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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