Governing the Cities: The Australian Experience in Perspective

Andrew Parkin

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    This book describes and evaluates the government of Australian metropolitan areas. It is not commonly understood that Australia has developed a distinctive style of urban government which differs markedly from that found in other Western democracies. The pre-eminence of 'centralised' State governments and of authorities accountable primarily to the States, and the historical weakness of local government, underpin this distinctive style. The book assesses its effect - on the social fabric of the cities, on the representation of interests, on the distribution of services, on the responsiveness of public policy and on the capacity of the public sector.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationMelbourne
    Number of pages147
    ISBN (Print)0 333 33824 3, 0 333 33825 1, 0333338243, 0333338251
    Publication statusPublished - 1982


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