Local Government in Australia

History, Theory and Public Policy

Authors: Grant, Bligh, Drew, Joseph

  • Offers an understanding of Australian local government as a historical and political phenomenon and its importance in contemporary debates
  • Provides a theoretical foundation for Australian local government
  • Represents a new generation of Australian local government scholarship
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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.

About the authors

Bligh Grant is senior lecturer in Political Studies at the Institute for Public Policy and Governance, University of Technology Sydney (UTS: IPPG). He has published in a range of disciplines, in particular political studies and local government studies; also strategic management theory, regional economic development and business education.

Joseph Drew is post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute for Public Policy and Governance, University of Technology Sydney (UTS: IPPG). He has published on local government in the disciplines of economics, accounting, taxation and performance monitoring.


Reviews

“This is a timely contribution to the field of local government in Australia. … a book that brings together the voluminous materials on local government in Australia will be of immensurable value to researchers interested in local government in particular and multi-level governance more generally. It will easily become the ‘go to’ reference for students and scholars alike.” (Robyn Hollander, Local Government Studies, October, 2017)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Grant, Bligh (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

  • Origins and Development of Local Government Systems in Australia: An Overview

    Grant, Bligh (et al.)

    Pages 15-82

  • Local Government and the Australian Federation: Regionalisation, Regionalism and the Struggle for Constitutional Recognition

    Grant, Bligh (et al.)

    Pages 83-122

  • Theories of Local Government and Application to Australia

    Grant, Bligh (et al.)

    Pages 125-173

  • Autonomy and Local Governments in Australia

    Grant, Bligh (et al.)

    Pages 177-215

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Local Government in Australia
Book Subtitle
History, Theory and Public Policy
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-3867-9
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-3867-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-3865-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 445
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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