Federalism and Regionalism in Australia

Federalism and Regionalism in Australia

New Approaches, New Institutions?

Edited by: A. J. Brown, Jennifer Bellamy

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Australia’s federal system is in a state of flux and its relevance is being challenged. Dramatic shifts are occurring in the ways in which power and responsibility are shared between governments. Pressure for reform is coming not just from above, but from below, as the needs of local and regional communities – both rural and urban – occupy an increasingly important place on the national stage. How will these competing pressures for centralisation and devolution in the structures of federalism be reconciled? In this volume, experts and policy practitioners from diverse backgrounds canvass this uncertain future to conclude that the future of state, regional and local institutions is not only a vital question of federal governance, but must be addressed in a conscious and concerted way if Australian federalism is to evolve in ways that are sufficiently legitimate, effective, efficient and adaptive.


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Aug 2007
ANU Press
Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)
The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)
Science: Environmental Sciences; Social Sciences: Social Policy & Administration

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Part 1. Setting the Scene: Old Questions or New?

  1. Introduction (PDF, 116KB)A. J. Brown and Jennifer Bellamy doi
  2. Federalism, Regionalism and the Reshaping of Australian Governance (PDF, 1.6MB)A. J. Brown doi
  3. The Political Viability of Federal Reform: Interpreting Public Attitudes (PDF, 515KB)Ian Gray and A. J. Brown doi

Part 2. Drivers for Change: New Approaches to Federalism and Regionalism

  1. Towards a Wider Debate on Federal and Regional Governance: The Rural Dimension (PDF, 131KB)Mal Peters doi
  2. Rescuing Urban Regions: The Federal Agenda (PDF, 130KB)Brendan Gleeson doi
  3. The Challenge of Coastal Governance (PDF, 127KB)Mike Berwick doi
  4. Adaptive Governance: The Challenge for Regional Natural Resource Management (PDF, 245KB)Jennifer Bellamy doi
  5. Regionalism and Economic Development: Achieving an Efficient Framework (PDF, 138KB)Andrew Beer doi
  6. Reconceiving Federal-State-Regional Arrangements in Health (PDF, 303KB)Andrew Podger doi

Part 3. New Institutions? Approaching the Challenge of Reform

  1. Taking Subsidiarity Seriously: What Role for the States? (PDF, 139KB)Brian Head doi
  2. How Local Government Can Save Australia’s Federal System (PDF, 130KB)Paul Bell doi
  3. Reforming Australian Governance: Old States, No States or New States? (PDF, 140KB)Kenneth Wiltshire doi
  4. Quantifying the Costs and Benefits of Change: Towards A Methodology (PDF, 177KB)Christine Smith doi
  5. Where To From Here? Principles for a New Debate (PDF, 111KB)A. J. Brown and Jennifer Bellamy doi

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