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Coming to grips with corporate governance in local government


Lohrey, RC and Horner, CA and Williams, BR and Wilmshurst, TD, Coming to grips with corporate governance in local government, Australian Journal of Public Administration, 78, (4) pp. 596-612. ISSN 1467-8500 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2019 Institute of Public Administration Australia

DOI: doi:10.1111/1467-8500.12395


Local government, the tier of government closest to the people, provides services and infrastructure which impact daily on the well-being of local communities. Despite the Australian state-based regulatory framework, governance dysfunction regularly results in dismissal of councils. This paper seeks to gain an insight into what is understood by corporate governance at the local government level, an area not addressed in previous research. The methodology was a case study of one local municipality in Tasmania using explanatory sequential mixed methods. Findings revealed a narrow compliance-based understanding, with effective accountability strategies not included in that understanding. Diverse information sources, such as previous employment experience and industry-based training, led to embedded beliefs about the meaning of corporate governance which were not necessarily shared by all. This study has implications for state governments seeking to find long-term solutions for dysfunctional councils, and to bring about positive change.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:accountability, corporate governance, local government
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Accounting, auditing and accountability
Research Field:Sustainability accounting and reporting
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in commerce, management, tourism and services
UTAS Author:Lohrey, RC (Ms Robin Lohrey)
UTAS Author:Horner, CA (Dr Claire Horner)
UTAS Author:Williams, BR (Dr Belinda Williams)
UTAS Author:Wilmshurst, TD (Associate Professor Trevor Wilmshurst)
ID Code:135097
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2019-09-28
Last Modified:2020-05-19

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