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Beyond Whole-of-Government: Varieties of Place-Centred Governance


Marsh, MI, Beyond Whole-of-Government: Varieties of Place-Centred Governance, remoteFOCUS: The Challenge, Conversation, Commissioned Papers and Regional Studies of remote Australia, Desert Knowledge Australia, B Walker (ed), Alice Springs, pp. 69-89. ISBN 978-0-9873958-1-8 (2012) [Other Book Chapter]

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A number of new or supplementary frameworks have been introduced to shift the locus of choice and decision away from highly centralised arrangements towards more localised contexts. This is reflected both in the Total Place initiatives in England and in the attention to place-based approaches in current OECD work, which in turn reflects developments in particular states. In both cases, the drastic cuts in public spending following the 2008 GFC have coloured implementation (e.g. Crowe, 2011). Also relevant are ‘learning-by-doing’ approaches which offer a new accountability framework to reconcile national concerns with local initiative and freedom of action. Finally, imaginative ‘place-based’ developments, covering the provision of otherwise threatened local services and the realisation of efficiencies through collaboration between authorities at the local level, are also evident in Australia. These are detailed in a comprehensive report on local government RAPAD,2007). These varied governance design are reviewed in turn. A concluding section explores the consistency of these approaches with recent official reviews of the public sector in Australia.

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Item Type:Other Book Chapter
Keywords:Learning-by-doing, local initiatives, freedom of action
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Comparative government and politics
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Other economic framework
Objective Field:Other economic framework not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Marsh, MI (Professor Ian Marsh)
ID Code:83076
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Australian Innovation Research Centre
Deposited On:2013-02-28
Last Modified:2015-03-23
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