From state direction to community self-efficacy: the devolution of responsibility for regional development in Australia

Cockfield, Geoff (2015) From state direction to community self-efficacy: the devolution of responsibility for regional development in Australia. In: Rural and regional futures. Routledge Advances in Regional Economics, Science and Policy, 5. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Abingdon, Oxon, UK, pp. 38-57. ISBN 978-1-138-02507-3

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Abstract

This chapter examines the movement from direct and centralised government efforts to promote regional development in Australia to a situation where greater responsibility for that development falls on local government, communities and individuals. It is argued that Australian governments have generally though not entirely moved away from direct support for regional development in favour of enabling industries and communities to 'help themselves'. Second, regional development policies have largely been an extension of industry policy, especially agricultural and manufacturing industry policy except to some extent in relation to the provision of communication, transport, health and social services in rural areas and occasional interest in decentralisation as an extension of urban policy. I also argue that a form of post-productivist industry policy is emerging whereby governments resume certain rights to the use of natural resources which will have a significant impact on regional development in Australia. This discussion will describe the different approaches to regional policy and then consider the evidence for these overarching directions.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2016 03:06
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2016 01:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: regional development; rural policy
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160510 Public Policy
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160505 Economic Development Policy
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9102 Microeconomics > 910205 Industry Policy
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9402 Government and Politics > 940204 Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26401

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