Reforming ‘Sydney global city’: Mapping enduring sites of institutional conflict

Publisher:
SHE; UNSW Business School
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
2015, 14 (1)
Issue Date:
2015-12-07
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Local government in New South Wales (NSW) Australia presently faces the prospect radical consolidation alongside the implementation of metropolitan-wide governance structures. The pervasive modernity of these processes has been couched in the rhetoric of the need to achieve ‘Global City’ status such that Sydney can compete with other regionally-based centres. However, these narratives neglect the historically repetitive nature of these conflicts. Following from an account of the city’s early attempts at metropolitan governance, this discussion examines ‘Sydney Global City’ as it is portrayed in the advocacy literature exemplified by the work of the increasingly influential lobby group, the Committee for Sydney. We then provide an account of contemporary processes of state-local relations toward consolidation and metropolitan governance. We argue that former iterations of attempted reforms are instructive, particularly in directing attention to the institutional sites of conflict away from the economic reductionism of the ‘global cities’ narrative.
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