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A survey of community engagement in Australian local government
Journal of African & Asian Local Government Studies
  • Bligh Grant, University of New England
  • Brian Dollery, University of New England
  • Michael A Kortt, Southern Cross University
  • Boyd Blackwell, University of New England
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Article
Publication Date
1-1-2012
Peer Reviewed
Peer-Reviewed
Abstract

In the quest for both enhanced local democracy (Aulich 2009) and increased economic prosperity founded in 'place-based' policy-making (Lyons 2007), community engagement has become an established technique of Australian local government planning and decision-making. While several commentators have considered the normative validity of community engagement strategies (see, for example, Grant and Dollery 2011) and others have conducted detailed studies of particular jurisdictional contexts (Prior and Herriman 2010; Wiseman 2006), to date a comparative study of the different Australian local government systems has not been forthcoming. As an initial step toward undertaking this comprehensive empirical task, this paper examines the legislative and regulatory frameworks for community engagement in Australian local government jurisdictions. It is argued that the characteristics of Australia's federal system are played out in this policy arena, such that differences between the state and territory frameworks enable the promise of place-based policy making to be felt at the local community level.

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Grant, B, Dollery, B, Kortt, MA & Blackwell, B 2012, 'A survey of community engagement in Australian local government', Journal of African & Asian Local Government Studies, vol. 1, no. 4, pp. 1-29.

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http://www.jaalgs.net/journal/index.php/jals/issue/view/4