Emerging from the Chrysalis: Participatory Governance in Australian Local Government

Christopher Aulich, Sarah Artist

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    Abstract

    This paper identifies types of citizen participation in local government in Australia, in particular focusing on the past two decades when local government systems have been the focus of intense reform. The paper considers the extent to which contemporary views of participatory governance have taken root at local level and concludes that despite reforms intended to engage local citizens more in local government activity, citizen participation is only beginning to emerge into arrangements that might be described as “participatory governance.” It also argues that for participatory governance to be further developed, both the internal and external constraints for local government will need to be recognized and addressed. Unless this occurs, leadership may often have to come from organizations outside institutional local government
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)48-63
    Number of pages16
    JournalAsian Review of Public Administration
    Volume22
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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