From Citizen Participation to Participatory Governance in Australian Local Government

Chris Aulich

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    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 and sublocal
    levels and concludes that despite reforms intended to engage local citizens
    more in local government activity, citizen participation has yet to develop
    significantly into arrangements that reach the level of participatory governance. It
    also argues that for participatory governance to be further developed, leadership
    may often have to come from organisations outside institutional local government
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)44-60
    Number of pages17
    JournalCommonwealth Journal of Local Governance
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


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