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Local Public, Fiscal and Financial Governance

An International Perspective


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction and Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Brian Dollery, Harry Kitchen, Melville McMillan, Anwar Shah
      Pages 3-13
  3. Local Public, Fiscal and Financial Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Brian Dollery, Harry Kitchen, Melville McMillan, Anwar Shah
      Pages 17-38
    3. Brian Dollery, Harry Kitchen, Melville McMillan, Anwar Shah
      Pages 39-89
    4. Brian Dollery, Harry Kitchen, Melville McMillan, Anwar Shah
      Pages 91-121
    5. Brian Dollery, Harry Kitchen, Melville McMillan, Anwar Shah
      Pages 123-160
  4. Local Government Integrity and Performance Accountability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Brian Dollery, Harry Kitchen, Melville McMillan, Anwar Shah
      Pages 163-200
    3. Brian Dollery, Harry Kitchen, Melville McMillan, Anwar Shah
      Pages 201-227
  5. Local Government Reform Imperatives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Brian Dollery, Harry Kitchen, Melville McMillan, Anwar Shah
      Pages 231-255
    3. Brian Dollery, Harry Kitchen, Melville McMillan, Anwar Shah
      Pages 257-285
    4. Brian Dollery, Harry Kitchen, Melville McMillan, Anwar Shah
      Pages 287-314
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 315-324

About this book


This book provides a comprehensive treatment of traditional as well as newer topics in local public, fiscal and financial management principles and practices. It covers traditional topics of local public management, local revenue administration with special emphasis on property tax administration, local budgeting and accounting, and methods of capital finance. Newer topics covered include political economy of local government, alternate service delivery framework for local service provision, performance budgeting, fiscal rules for local fiscal discipline, local government integrity and performance accountability, and country rank based upon relative importance and political, fiscal and administrative autonomy of local governments. The treatment is non-technical and suitable for a wide variety of audiences including scholars, instructors, students, policy advisors, and practitioners.


local governance public economics public finance fiscal management Service Delivery revenue administration Municipal Budgeting Capital Financing Local Government Integrity Performance Accountability Infrastructure corruption Measuring Localization

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of BusinessUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsTrent UniversityPeterboroughCanada
  3. 3.University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  4. 4.Governance StudiesBrookings InstitutionWashington, DCUSA

About the authors

Brian Dollery is Professor of Economics in the UNE School of Business and Director of the UNE Centre for Local Government at the University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia. He has previously worked at Yokohama National University, Rhodes University and the University of South Africa. Recent books include Perspectives on Australian Local Government Reform (2015), Funding the Future: Financial Sustainability and Infrastructure Finance in Australian Local Government (2013), Councils in Cooperation: Shared Services and Australian Local Government (2012), Local Government Reform: A Comparative Analysis of Advanced Anglo-American Countries (2008), The Theory and Practice of Local Government Reform (2008), Reform and Leadership in the Public Sector (2007) and Australian Local Government Economics (2006). Over the past two decades, Brian has closely worked with local government across all Australian states, largely in the area of municipal mergers, shared services, financial sustainability and urban water.

Harry Kitchen is Professor Emeritus in the Economics Department at Trent University, Canada. Over the past twenty years, he has completed more than 100 articles, reports, studies, and books on issues relating to local government expenditures, finance, structure and governance in Canada. In addition, he has served as a consultant or advisor for a number of municipal and provincial governments in Canada and the federal government, and has worked on projects in Russia and China. In 2013, he was awarded a Queens Diamond Jubilee medal for policy analysis and research contributions to municipal finance, structure and governance in Canada. In 2017, he was appointed visiting scholar at the Institute of Municipal Finance and Governance, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

Melville McMillan is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Economics and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Economics at the University of Alberta, Canada.  McMillan’s research and teaching interests are in public economics, particularly urban and local economics, fiscal federalism, and the demand/supply of public goods and services. He has published in these areas and has advised governments and organizations nationally and internationally (e.g., the World Bank).  Although “retired,” McMillan remains actively involved in academic and policy matters.

Anwar Shah is Senior Fellow (non-resident), Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, USA; advisor/consultant to the World Bank; and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Economics, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu/Wenjiang, China. He has previously served the Government of Canada (Ministry of Finance), the Government of Alberta, and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has published more than two dozen books in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Russian languages and numerous articles in leading economic journals on governance, public management reforms, budget reform, federalism, local governance, fiscal reforms and global climate change issues.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Local Public, Fiscal and Financial Governance
  • Book Subtitle An International Perspective
  • Authors Brian Dollery
    Harry Kitchen
    Melville McMillan
    Anwar Shah
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-36724-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-36727-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-36725-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 324
  • Number of Illustrations 11 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Public Economics
    Public Finance
    Governance and Government
    Public Policy
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