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Local Government in Australia

History, Theory and Public Policy

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Bligh Grant, Joseph Drew
    Pages 1-11
  3. History

  4. Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Bligh Grant, Joseph Drew
      Pages 125-173
  5. Public Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Bligh Grant, Joseph Drew
      Pages 177-215
    3. Bligh Grant, Joseph Drew
      Pages 293-326
    4. Bligh Grant, Joseph Drew
      Pages 327-356
    5. Joseph Drew, Bligh Grant
      Pages 357-381
  6. Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 409-409
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 435-445

About this book

Introduction

This book offers a general introduction to and analysis of the history, theory and public policy of Australian local government systems. Conceived in an international comparative context and primarily from within the discipline of political studies, it also incorporates elements of economics and public administration. Existing research tends to conceptualise Australian local government as an element of public policy grounded in an 'administrative science' approach. A feature of this approach is that generally normative considerations form only a latent element of the discussions, which is invariably anchored in debates about institutional design rather than the normative defensibility of local government. The book addresses this point by providing an account of the terrain of theoretical debate alongside salient themes in public policy.

Keywords

Australian Politics Commonwealth of Australia Autonomy and Oversight Community Engagement Constitutional Reform Devolution Federalism Fiscal Federalism Government Funding Home Rule Intergovernmental Relations Local Democracy Local Government Localism Public Administration Public Policy Public Value Regionalism Sub-national Politics Theory of Local Government

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Public Policy and GovernanceUniversity of Technology SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Institute for Public Policy and GovernanceUniversity of Technology SydneySydneyAustralia

About the authors

Bligh Grant is senior lecturer in Political Studies at the Institute for Public Policy and Governance, University of Technology Sydney (UTS: IPPG). He has published in a range of disciplines, in particular political studies and local government studies; also strategic management theory, regional economic development and business education.

Joseph Drew is post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute for Public Policy and Governance, University of Technology Sydney (UTS: IPPG). He has published on local government in the disciplines of economics, accounting, taxation and performance monitoring.


Bibliographic information

Reviews

“It is an excellent, relatively comprehensive, analytical overview of the core issues for local government in Australia. … The authors and the publishers are to be congratulated ... this will be the best book on Australian local government for some very long time.” (Australian Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 77 (1), March, 2018)

“This is a timely contribution to the field of local government in Australia. … a book that brings together the voluminous materials on local government in Australia will be of immensurable value to researchers interested in local government in particular and multi-level governance more generally. It will easily become the ‘go to’ reference for students and scholars alike.” (Robyn Hollander, Local Government Studies, October, 2017)