A Normative Model for Local Government De-Amalgamation in Australia

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Australian Journal of Political Science, 2011, 46 (4), pp. 601 - 615
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Ongoing local community dissatisfaction in some newly amalgamated local government areas resulting from the 2007 Queensland forced amalgamation program has raised the prospect of de-merger in that state. One catalyst has been the Opposition's commitment to de-amalgamation should it acquire government. Apart from some descriptive discussion of actual de-amalgamation episodes, almost no prescriptive analysis exists on the optimal form any de-merger process may take. Using two documented cases of de-amalgamation in metropolitan and regional settings, this exploratory paper seeks to address this gap in the literature on local government by presenting a 'stylised' approach to de-amalgamation designed for Australian local government conditions built around five generic principles. © 2011 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
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