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State Oversight Models for Australian Local Government


  • Brian Dollery
  • Sue O’Keefe
  • Lin Crase


All Australian local government systems operate under sweeping legislative powers of their respective state government agencies, which has extensive implications for the manner in which local councils conduct their affairs. Thus the existence, functions, powers and structures of local authorities depend entirely on the whim of state and territory governments. Despite the overwhelming importance of the oversight role of state government agencies in Australian local government, this question has been virtually ignored by scholars of Australian local government. In an exploratory effort to remedy this neglect, this paper draws on the international literature on the oversight role of state government agencies to develop a tentative quadrilateral typology of local government oversight models potentially applicable to Australian local government.

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  • Brian Dollery & Sue O’Keefe & Lin Crase, 2009. "State Oversight Models for Australian Local Government," Economic Papers, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 28(4), pages 279-290, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:econpa:v:28:y:2009:i:4:p:279-290
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1759-3441.2010.00047.x

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    1. Andrew Worthington & Brian Dollery, 2001. "Diversity in Australian Local Government: The Case against the Imposition of Uniform National Standards," International Review of Public Administration, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 6(1), pages 49-58, June.
    2. Anwar Shah, 2006. "Local Governance in Industrial Countries," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 7108, July.
    3. Brian Dollery & Bryan Pape & Joel Byrnes, 2008. "Constitutional And Fiscal Federalist Perspectives On The Australian Commonwealth Government Roads To Recovery Funding Programme," The IUP Journal of Governance and Public Policy, IUP Publications, vol. 0(4), pages 34-51, December.
    4. David Murray & Brian Dollery, 2005. "Local Government Performance Monitoring In New South Wales: Are ‘At Risk’ Councils Really At Risk?," Economic Papers, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 24(4), pages 332-345, December.
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