Old foes: Structural change and local democracy in Australian local government’

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Interdisciplinary Journal of Economics and Business Law, 2014, 3 (3), pp. 8 - 41
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The debate over local government reform in Australia continues to be polarised between arguments in favour of increasing economic efficiency and a desire to retain local democracy. After providing a summary of this debate in Australian local government, we critically assess the reform process in Australia against the four models of local democracy proposed by Haus and Sweeting (2006). We contend that local government reform in Australia can be seen in a more positive light, with local representation broadened rather than diminished. However, notions of network democracy and network governance should be treated with caution.
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