Structural reform of local government in Australia: a sustainable amalgamation model for country councils

Dollery, Brian and Goode, Stephen and Grant, Bligh (2010) Structural reform of local government in Australia: a sustainable amalgamation model for country councils. Space and Polity, 14 (3). pp. 289-304. ISSN 1356-2576


Council amalgamation has always been the major policy instrument for structural reform in Australian local government. While the Australian literature has spawned taxonomic attempts at classifying models of structural change in local government, a serious deficiency in this body of work has been the specification of amalgamation as an undifferentiated category embodying the unconditional merger of many small local authorities into a single larger entity. This paper seeks to remedy this problem by developing a model of sustainable amalgamation and contrasting it with unconditional amalgamation in using a stylised example derived from four existing Western Australian country shires contemplating consolidation.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restrcited access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2011 02:29
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2014 04:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: local government; numerical model; policy reform; Australia; structural change
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
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180103 Administrative Law
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9402 Government and Politics > 940203 Political Systems
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/13562576.2010.532979

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