Local Government in Australia

History, Theory and Public Policy

  • Bligh Grant
  • Joseph Drew

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Bligh Grant, Joseph Drew
    Pages 1-11
  3. History

  4. Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Bligh Grant, Joseph Drew
      Pages 125-173
  5. Public Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Bligh Grant, Joseph Drew
      Pages 177-215
    3. Bligh Grant, Joseph Drew
      Pages 293-326
    4. Bligh Grant, Joseph Drew
      Pages 327-356
    5. Joseph Drew, Bligh Grant
      Pages 357-381
  6. Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 409-409
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 435-445

About this book

Introduction

This book offers a general introduction to and analysis of the history, theory and public policy of Australian local government systems. Conceived in an international comparative context and primarily from within the discipline of political studies, it also incorporates elements of economics and public administration. Existing research tends to conceptualise Australian local government as an element of public policy grounded in an 'administrative science' approach. A feature of this approach is that generally normative considerations form only a latent element of the discussions, which is invariably anchored in debates about institutional design rather than the normative defensibility of local government. The book addresses this point by providing an account of the terrain of theoretical debate alongside salient themes in public policy.

Keywords

Australian Politics Commonwealth of Australia Autonomy and Oversight Community Engagement Constitutional Reform Devolution Federalism Fiscal Federalism Government Funding Home Rule Intergovernmental Relations Local Democracy Local Government Localism Public Administration Public Policy Public Value Regionalism Sub-national Politics Theory of Local Government

Authors and affiliations

  • Bligh Grant
    • 1
  • Joseph Drew
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Public Policy and GovernanceUniversity of Technology SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Institute for Public Policy and GovernanceUniversity of Technology SydneySydneyAustralia

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