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Governance in rural communities: the case of Victoria

O'Toole, Kevin and Burdess, Neil 2002, Governance in rural communities: the case of Victoria, in Jubilee Conference of the Australasian Political Studies Association, APSA, Canberra, A.C.T, pp. 1-21.

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Title Governance in rural communities: the case of Victoria
Author(s) O'Toole, Kevin
Burdess, Neil
Conference name Australasian Political Studies Association (2002 : Canberra, A.C.T.)
Conference location Canberra, A.C.T.
Conference dates 2-4 October 2002
Title of proceedings Jubilee Conference of the Australasian Political Studies Association
Editor(s) Simms, Marian
Publication date 2002
Start page 1
End page 21
Publisher APSA
Place of publication Canberra, A.C.T
Summary State and federal government policies for rural areas have encouraged local people and organizations to play a greater role in the provision of their local services. This emphasis on local participation has been described as a shift from ‘government’ to ‘governance’. However while there is an emerging research around small towns in Australia there is very little known about the processes of community governance. This paper focuses on local development groups in small towns in rural Victoria that have emerged or have been reconstituted with a broader community focus following municipal amalgamations. The basic aim of this paper is analyse to what degree these local community development groups can be regarded as constituting a form of community governance and the implications this has for democracy and accountability in small rural areas. The paper begins with a discussion of community governance as it represented in the literature. We then analyse ten case studies from across Victoria in the light of the changing political context.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 160601 Australian Government and Politics
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2002, APSA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004693

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