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Policy Analysis In Australia$
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Kate Crowley

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310273

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310273.001.0001

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Policy analysis capacity and Australian local government

Policy analysis capacity and Australian local government

(p.105) Seven Policy analysis capacity and Australian local government
Policy Analysis In Australia

Brian Dollery

Michael A. Kortt

Simone de Souza

Policy Press

Australian local government plays a pivotal role not only as a major element in the democratic structure of the country but also as a significant economic entity in its own right. This chapter provides a synoptic description of Australian local government and its main problems.It considers the policy environment surrounding Australian local government, and the policy-making and policy capacity in Australian local government. It proposes a stylised model of policy-making in Australian local government using structural reform through forced municipal mergers as a salient example. The chapter ends with concluding remarks about the general and academic preoccupation with ensuring the ongoing financial sustainability of local government, and makes suggestions for empirical research.

Keywords:   Australian policy analysis, Australian local governments, local government amalgamations, financial sustainability, local capacity

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