A typology of shared service provision in Australian local government

Dollery, Brian and Grant, Bligh and Akimov, Alexandr (2010) A typology of shared service provision in Australian local government. Australian Geographer, 41 (2). pp. 217-231. ISSN 0004-9182


Disappointment with the results of forced amalgamation programs across almost all Australian local government jurisdictions has created great interest in shared service models as an alternative method of improving the operational efficiency of local councils, while at the same time preserving local democracy and local autonomy. While an embryonic literature on shared service provision in the Australian municipal milieu does exist, much remains to be done. This paper seeks to contribute to this nascent literature in two main ways: (a) to locate shared services in local government within broader global trends and theoretical disputations on devolution and local economic development, highlighting the importance of political geography in these debates; and (b) in the light of this complexity and ambiguity, develop a new typology of local government shared service provision to inform public policy making on real-world problems in Australian local

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restrcited access to published verison due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2010 00:19
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2014 02:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: amalgamation; local democracy; local government; spatial scale economies; shared services.
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160601 Australian Government and Politics
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
14 Economics > 1401 Economic Theory > 140199 Economic Theory not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/00049181003742310
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7790

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