Can Australian local governments have a role in local economic development?: Three cases of evidence

Jones, S. (2008) Can Australian local governments have a role in local economic development?: Three cases of evidence. Urban Policy and Research, 26 1: 23-38. doi:10.1080/08111140701606785

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Author Jones, S.
Title Can Australian local governments have a role in local economic development?: Three cases of evidence
Journal name Urban Policy and Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0811-1146
Publication date 2008-01-17
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08111140701606785
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 26
Issue 1
Start page 23
End page 38
Total pages 16
Editor D. Hayward
Place of publication London, UK
Publisher Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Language eng
Subject C1
360200 Policy and Administration
360201 Public Policy
720200 Microeconomic Issues
720204 Industry policy
1605 Policy and Administration
160510 Public Policy
910205 Industry Policy
910299 Microeconomics not elsewhere classified
Abstract Local economic development provides an excellent policy context to examine Australian intergovernmental relations. In Australia, policies impacting on economic development have traditionally been the preserve of Commonwealth and state governments. Economic restructuring, particularly since the early 1980s, has seen the rise of local government as a more active participant in promoting economic development at the local level. Individual local councils that establish economic development policies place themselves in a scenario that is outside the statutory parameters of their legislative frameworks and often well beyond their resource capacity. This article presents the findings of research into the economic development policies of three Australian metropolitan local governments during the 1980s and 1990s. This research informs the debate surrounding the capacity of individual local governments that seek to establish local economic development policies. It also discusses the constraints experienced by these local governments as they sought to work with the other spheres of government to improve economic conditions and create new job opportunities for local residents.
Keyword local government
intergovernmental relations
local economic development policy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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