The Howard government and regional development

Collits, Paul (2008) The Howard government and regional development. Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 14 (3). pp. 287-312. ISSN 1324-0935

Abstract

The demise of the Howard Coalition Government in Australia in late 2007 and the coming to power of a new Labor Government provides a timely opportunity to consider the fate of regional development under Howard and its prospects under the current administration. Much of the focus of debates over regional policy under Howard has been on the highly controversial Regional Partnerships Program, which was said by many to have (further) politicised regional policy. There is a need for a much broader and more comprehensive analysis of the period in question. The paper seeks to provide – or at least to commence – such an analysis, and to uncover both the key policy trends and the reasons for them. It argues that the principal development in regional policy was to further embed 'localism' as the preferred approach, and that this was broadly in line with developments in the States and Territories and overseas. The Howard Government’s approach begs the questions whether this reliance on 'local solutions to local problems' is the best way of doing regional policy, and what it means for regional development. The paper makes some tentative suggestions for better regional governance in the light of the experience of the Howard Government.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publsiher copyright policy. This paper was presented at the 32nd ANZRSAI Conference held in Adelaide from 30 Nov–3 Dec 2008.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2011 10:39
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2014 03:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia; economic development; regional economics; economic trends; HowardD, John; city planning; urban renewal
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140218 Urban and Regional Economics
16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160505 Economic Development Policy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9102 Microeconomics > 910299 Microeconomics not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18978

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