Centralization, bureaucracy, and urban services: a comparative perspective.

A. Parkin

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Drawing on Oliver Williams' conceptual distinction between policies of system maintenance and those of life style, examines the distribution of urban services comparatively in the USA and Australia. The comparison produces some insights into the impact of governmental structure on patterns of urban service delivery: careful programme design has allowed Australia to achieve a significant degree of interjurisdictional service equality without sacrificing responsiveness to local demands. The stark differences in service distributions in the two nations are largely attributed to differences in their governmental structures. Lessons are drawn for US policy-makers. -after Author

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Politics of Urban Public Services
EditorsRichard C. Rich
Place of PublicationLexington, MA
PublisherLexington Books
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)0669037656
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1982


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