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- DescriptionFor the past several decades, Australian local government has faced relentless financial pressures. In attempting to maintain service levels, most local authorities have invested too little in local infrastructure maintenance and renewal. The main symptom of this malaise has been a burgeoning infrastructure backlog, which w far exceeds the fiscal capacity of a majority of councils. Various remedial policy measures have been espoused to relieve this financial distress, most tably structural reform programs based on forced mergers. However, compulsory consolidation has failed to achieve its intended aims, and financial unsustainability has become more acute. Obviously other avenues must w be pursued if Australian local government is to remain viable.
- Author BiographyBrian Dollery is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Local Government at the University of New England. He has previously held academic positions at the University of South Africa, Rhodes University, and the University of Cape Town in the Republic of South Africa, East Carolina State University and Creighton University in the United States, and Yokohama National University in Japan. Michael Kortt is Senior Lecturer in Applied Economics at Southern Cross University (SCU). He holds a PhD in economics from the University of New England, an MS from the University of Arizona, and an honours degree in economics from La Trobe University.Prior to joining SCU, Michael spent 10 years working in the government sector as a research manager for the Department of Veteransa (TM) Affairs, the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, and the Department of Health and Ageing. Bligh Grant is Lecturer in Business Ethics at the UNE Business School and a member of the UNE Centre for Local Government. He holds a PhD in Local Government Studies from the University of New England. Dr Grant is a former Associate Lecturer in Political Economy at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba and has held several research-only appointments at UNE over several years in a variety of fields.
- Author(s)Bligh James Grant,Brian Dollery,Michael Kortt
- PublisherFederation Press
- Date of Publication28/03/2013
- SubjectGovernment & Constitution
- Place of PublicationAnnandale, NSW
- Country of PublicationAustralia
- ImprintFederation Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight366 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
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