Commonwealth of Australia

McGill-Queen's University Press
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A Global Dialogue on Federalism, 2009, First, pp. 7 - 36
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The volume provides an overview of the role and function of local governments in federal systems, how this has changed over fifty years, and how state power in federal systems is exercised. Professor Sansom's chapter "Commonwealth of Australia" covers the following themes concerning Australian local government: Country overview; History, structures, and institutions of local government; Consitutional recognition of local government; Powers, functions and governance (inc. Metropolitan regions); Financing local government; Supervision of local government; Intergovernmental relations (inc. Local-federal relations; Local-state relations; Organized local government); Political culture of local governance; and, Emerging issues and trends.
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