Planning and federalism : with particular reference to Australia and Canada

Wiltshire, Kenneth W. (1983). Planning and federalism : with particular reference to Australia and Canada PhD Thesis, School of Economics, The University of Queensland.

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Author Wiltshire, Kenneth W.
Thesis Title Planning and federalism : with particular reference to Australia and Canada
School, Centre or Institute School of Economics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1983
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Supervisor -
Total pages 611
Language eng
Subjects 360103 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
750603 Federalism in Australia
Formatted abstract
To what extent is it possible to attain public sector planning in a federal system of government? This thesis attempts to answer that question in a particular way by focussing on the potential for a sub-national unit in a federation to plan its activities. The Australian federation is the principal object of attention with Canada serving as a comparative model.

 Planning is defined as a system with the aid of various strands of theory, mainly political, legal and administrative, together with an analysis of planning process in other political systems. Federalism is analyzed utilizing theoretical and comparative literature, as well as an analysis of the actual structure and functioning of the Australian and Canadian federations.

Having defined both planning and federalism as concepts, an endeavour is made to examine their conceptual compatibility. Then the planning concept, which has been formulated, is applied to the two federations, and recourse is had to the literature and an extensive range of interviews, to identify any hindrances to the introduction of such planning in both countries. Three of the major hindrances which emerge are then examined in detail, in order to assess the nature and degree of their intractibility. Reforms are suggested which would go some way towards overcoming such hindrances.
Keyword Federal government -- Australia
Federal government -- Canada
Intergovernmental fiscal relations -- Australia
Intergovernmental fiscal relations -- Canada
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