Chalk and Cheese: A Comparative Analysis of Local Government Reform Processes in New South Wales and Victoria

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International Journal of Public Administration, 2018, 41 (11), pp. 847 - 858
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© 2018, © 2018 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. A substantial empirical literature exists on the consequences of local government reform programs. However, much less effort has been directed at examining how reform processes affect the outcomes of reform programs and little work has been invested in the comparative analysis of local government reform processes. To address this neglect in the literature, this article provides a comparative analysis of the contemporary municipal reform initiatives in the New South Wales and Victorian state local government systems. It is argued that the much more deliberative and inclusive Victorian approach represents a superior approach to the hurried “top-down” New South Wales method.
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