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Elections and representations in local government: A Victorian case study

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posted on 2004-06-01, 00:00 authored by Neil Burdess, Joseph O'Toole
This article examines the application of different views of representation in the electoral systems at local government level: interest, corporate and mirror representation. The electoral framework underpins the process of representation, influencing both who are eligible to become voters and how their votes are collected and counted. The paper examines the  interrelationship between representation and the electoral framework in local government in Victoria. We use a historical analysis, and identify a long period of interest representation; a short, relatively recent period of corporate representation; and an attempt to introduce some elements of mirror representation. We conclude by arguing that local electoral reform needs to take into account the multiple meanings of representation.

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Journal

Australian journal of public administration

Volume

63

Issue

2

Pagination

66 - 78

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

ISSN

0313-6647

eISSN

1467-8500

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2004, National Council of the Institute of Public Administration, Australia

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