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Policy Analysis In Australia$
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Kate Crowley

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310273

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310273.001.0001

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Policy analysis capacity and Australian local government

Policy analysis capacity and Australian local government

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(p.105) Seven Policy analysis capacity and Australian local government
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Policy Analysis In Australia
Author(s):

Brian Dollery

Michael A. Kortt

Simone de Souza

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447310273.003.0007

Australian local government plays a pivotal role not only as a major element in the democratic structure of the country but also as a significant economic entity in its own right. This chapter provides a synoptic description of Australian local government and its main problems.It considers the policy environment surrounding Australian local government, and the policy-making and policy capacity in Australian local government. It proposes a stylised model of policy-making in Australian local government using structural reform through forced municipal mergers as a salient example. The chapter ends with concluding remarks about the general and academic preoccupation with ensuring the ongoing financial sustainability of local government, and makes suggestions for empirical research.

Keywords:   Australian policy analysis, Australian local governments, local government amalgamations, financial sustainability, local capacity

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