Love thy neighbour: a social capital approach to local government partnerships

Dollery, Brian and Grant, Bligh and Crase, Lin (2011) Love thy neighbour: a social capital approach to local government partnerships. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 70 (2). pp. 156-166. ISSN 0313-6647


While controversy surrounds compulsory consolidation as a means of improving the operational efficiency of local government, the literature suggests that gains can accrue to groups of local councils which form voluntary alliances as platforms for shared service delivery. However, real-world experience has demonstrated that voluntary alliances in local government are difficult to establish and do not always endure in the longer term. After reviewing the limited extant scholarly literature on shared services and local council voluntary alliances, as well as applications of the social capital approach to inter-organisational endeavour, such as the venture capital model, this article argues that the social capital approach can offer insights into local council cooperative alliance and shared service models. © 2011 The Authors

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2011 23:49
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2014 02:00
Uncontrolled Keywords: local government; local councils; social capital; shared services
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160601 Australian Government and Politics
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160509 Public Administration
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9402 Government and Politics > 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8500.2011.00719.x

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