Michael Kortt, BEc (Hons) (La Trobe), MS (Arizona), PhD (UNE) 

Dr Michael Kortt is a Senior Lecturer in the Southern Cross Business School at Southern
Cross University (SCU). He holds a PhD in economics from the University of New England,
an MS in public health 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 Veterans' Affairs, the
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, and the
Department of Health and Ageing. 

Dr Kortt has extensive experience in conducting research and his recent publications have
appeared in Administration & Society, Applied Economics Letters, Australian Journal
of Political Science, Australian Journal of Public Administration, Economic Papers,
Economic Record, International Journal of Public Administration, Journal of Happiness
Studies, Local Government Studies, and Public Finance and Management. Dr Kortt has also
published the following books through Federation Press with Professor Brian Dollery and
Dr Bligh Grant at the University of New England: Councils in Cooperation: Shared Services
and Australian Local Government (2012) and Funding the Future: Financial Sustainability
and Infrastructure Finance in Australian Local Government (2013). 

His principal research interests fall squarely on local government economics and public
administration. 

Books

Councils in cooperation: shared services and Australian local government (with Brian Dollery and Bligh Grant), (2012)
 

Book Chapters

Options for rationalizing local government structure: a policy agenda (with B Dollery and B Grant), The challenge of local government size: theoretical perspectives, international experience and policy reform (2013)
 

Tackling the Australian local infrastructure backlog: the case for a National Bond Bank (with Brian Dollery and B Grant), A global economy (2011)
 

Reports

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Australian local government and community engagement: are all our community plans the same: does it matter? (with Bligh Grant and Brian E. Dollery), Working paper series: Centre for Local Government, University of New England (2011)
 

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Socio-economic correlates of body size among Australian adults (with Andrew Leigh), Families, Incomes and Jobs, Volume 4: A Statistical Report on Waves 1 to 6 of the HILDA Survey (2009)
 

Journals

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Building the education revolution: another case of Australian Government failure? (with Chris Lewis and Brian Dollery), International Journal of Public Administration (2014)
 

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Community council cooperation: the Lake Macquarie City Council co-governance delegation model (with Brain Dollery and Lin Crase), International Journal of Public Administration (2014)
 

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De-amalgamation in action: the Queensland experience (with Simone V. de Souza and Brian E. Dollery), Public Management Review (2014)