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Title: Regional Development and Local Government: Three Generations of Federal Intervention
Contributor(s): Kelly, Andrew (author); Dollery, Brian E (author); Grant, Bligh (author)
Publication Date: 2009
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Abstract: Contemporary Australian local government faces several daunting problems, not least escalating financial un-sustainability and local infrastructure depletion. The main response of the various state and territory governments has taken the form of a series structural reform programs, with a strong emphasis on forced amalgamation. However, widespread dissatisfaction with the consequences of these compulsory consolidation programs has led to a search for alternative policy solutions based largely on shared services and various types of regional co-operation between local councils. This paper seeks to place proposed 'regional' solutions to contemporary problems in historical perspective by providing a comparative account of three distinct federal government initiatives of 'region-directed' policy in the post-World Two era: the 'nation-building' of the 1940s; the 'paternalism' of the 1970s; and 'self-sufficiency' of the 1990s. We argue that, not withstanding the complex relationship between historical circumstances and changing state-federal relations, important lessons for current local government policy making can be learnt from a critical assessment of these episodes of federal intervention at the regional level.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 15(2), p. 171-193
Publisher: Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association International Inc (ANZRSAI)
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1324-0935
Field of Research (FOR): 160601 Australian Government and Politics
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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