Australian Local Government: Reform and Renewal

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Brian Dollery, Neil Marshall
Macmillan Education AU, 1997 - Political Science - 343 pages
The last few years have seen unprecedented change taking place in the Australian local government arena. In all states the functions and responsibilities of local authorities have been subjected to extensive reform. New legislation has redefined the role of councillors. Local governments have been required to introduce more efficient and effective management practices and become more open and responsive to their constituencies. The scope of traditional regulatory practices has been altered and councils forced to develop a competitive environment for the provision of services. The place of local authorities in the intergovernmental landscape has also changed. Different forms of interaction between Commonwealth, state and local government are evolving along with the emergence of new funding strategies to encourage a regional focus. This is the first book to offer a detailed discussion of the reforms that have taken place, and at the same time provide an informative and readable analysis for practitioners and students of government, politics and public sector management.
 

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Contents

Local government in the Australian federal system
17
Intergovernmental relations Ralph Chapman
40
From administration to management
69
Legislative
89
The role of councillors in a changing local government
105
Community and cultural participation
125
Amalgamations Anne Vince
151
Financial reforms Terry Bishop
172
Human resource management
209
Managing strategically Judy Johnston
227
Balancing interests Kevin
247
New partnership
276
The future of Australian local government
297
References
311
Index
335
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Competition in local government
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