A normative model of local government de-amalgamation in AustraliaAustralian Journal of Political Science
AbstractOngoing 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.
Dollery, B, Kortt MA & Grant, B 2011, 'A normative model of local government de-amalgamation in Australia', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 46, no. 4, pp. 601-615.
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