International perspectives on local government and housing: the Australian case in context

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
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Journal Article
Urban Policy and Research, 2020, 38, (2), pp. 89-100
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This paper examines the role of local government in the provision of housing across advanced economies in the contemporary economy and historically, while seeking to locate the Australian experience in a broader international perspective. It argues that while the details of recent developments in Australian local government are unique, in broader terms they are in line with wider shifts observable across nations. The paper finds that while there is a high degree of path dependency in the ways in which local governments engage with housing market processes, ongoing housing affordability challenges have given rise to policy innovation and new programmatic perspective. These developments have reflected non-systematic, and often disruptive, change rather than the continuation of predictable trends. The paper argues such evolution will continue into the future and will be more likely to deliver benefits to the local government sector and housing affordability if acknowledged and enabled by more senior tiers of government.
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