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Breaking down the divisions?: A case study of political power and changing rural local government representation

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Higgins, V, Breaking down the divisions?: A case study of political power and changing rural local government representation, Rural Society, 7, (3/4) pp. 51-58. ISSN 1037-1656 (1997) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 1997 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.5172/rsj.7.3-4.51

Abstract

Rural local government in Australia has long been acknowledged as an arena of political power, where certain individuals and groups benefit more than others (see McIntyre & McIntyre 1944, Oeser & Emery 1957, Wild 1974, Gray 1991a). However, little, if anything, has been documented on how changes in patterns of representation might alter local government power structures. This paper aims to add to sociological knowledge through an investigation of change in local government representation, and of how such change affects the structure of power in rural local authorities, using the Longreach Shire, in Queensland, as a case study. With a particular focus on the Queensland Local Authority Electoral System, I analyse the basis of representation and power, and how changes to this structure might have altered Longreach local government power relations.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:rural local government, power, Australia
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Rural Sociology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
UTAS Author:Higgins, V (Associate Professor Vaughan Higgins)
ID Code:138194
Year Published:1997
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-03-26
Last Modified:2020-05-22
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