Opportunity lost? Victorian Labor's enactment of community development 1999-2006

Nabben, Robert 2011, Opportunity lost? Victorian Labor's enactment of community development 1999-2006, Australian journal of public administration, vol. 70, no. 3, pp. 287-297.

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Title Opportunity lost? Victorian Labor's enactment of community development 1999-2006
Author(s) Nabben, Robert
Journal name Australian journal of public administration
Volume number 70
Issue number 3
Start page 287
End page 297
Total pages 11
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2011-09
ISSN 0313-6647
1467-8500
Keyword(s) community engagement
new public management
community development
premier's department
equity and living standards
Summary The idea of community development has been evoked by Australian governments over many decades. The expressions of community have differed widely, often as a result of politics rather than informed policy. In 1999, after seven years of radical neo-liberal restructuring in Victoria, the Bracks government found itself unexpectedly elected to power. They faced new challenges such as a diminished public sector, growing social inequality and climate change. The first two terms of Victorian Labor were a seminal period in terms of the role they would invoke for ‘community’. Did grass roots participation take a central place, or did rhetoric rule over substance? The evidence points to a government maintaining a neo-liberal trajectory, and thereby losing an opportunity to enable an active citizenry.

Language eng
Field of Research 160512 Social Policy
Socio Economic Objective 940204 Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, National Council of the Institute of Public Administration Australia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30040188

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of International and Political Studies
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