Working Papers

The Centre for Local Government launched its Working Paper series in September 2006. The list of Working Papers is provided below; all the papers are in PDF format.To download a copy of a paper, click on the working paper title. All papers in the WP series have been refereed.

Number Title and Author
02-2013 Cluster Techniques for the Classification of Australian Local Governments
Joseph Drew
01-2013

Is Bigger Better in the Eyes of Victorian Citizens?Joseph Drew

04-2011

Australian Local Government and Community Engagement: Are All Our Community Engagement Plans the Same? Does it Matter?
Bligh Grant, Brian Dollery and Michael Kortt

03-2011

Symbolism and Tokenism in Constitutional Recognition of Australian Local Government
Bligh Grant and Brian Dollery

02-2011

The Contribution of Gerry Stoker to the Theory and Practice of Local Government Reform: A Critical Overview
Bligh Grant and Brian Dollery

01-2011

Principles of Local Government Autonomy in the United States and Implications for Australian Local GovernmentBligh Grant and Brian Dollery

08-2010

Local Government Structural Reform in Anglosphere and OECD CountriesIan Tiley

07-2010

Local Democracy and Structural Reform in Australian Local GovernmentIan Tiley

06-2010

Process Change versus Structural Change: An Analysis of the Lake Macquarie City Council Internal Review Process
Brian Dollery, Glen Walker and Brian Bell

05-2010

Amalgamation of Clarence Valley Councils, 1998-2004
Ian Tiley

04-2010

An Assessment of Alternative Elected Leadership Models for Australian Local Government
Bligh Grant, Brian Dollery and Jeff Gow

03-2010

Local Government Amalgamation in New South Wales
Ian Tiley and Brian Dollery

02-2010

Historical Evolution of Local Government Amalgamation in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia
Ian Tiley and Brian Dollery

01-2010

Historical Evolution of Local Government Amalgamation in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia
Ian Tiley and Brian Dollery

07-2009

Local Government in the Australian FederationDarren Dallinger

06-2009

Constructing 'Regional Development' in the Boardroom: Evidence from New South Wales and Western Australia
Lou Conway and Brian Dollery

05-2009

An Analysis of New England Strategic Alliance ModelLou Conway and Brian Dollery

04-2009

South African Local Government Efficiency MeasurementGert can der Westhuizen and Brian Dollery

03-2009

Financial Sustainability in Australian Local Government: Problems and SolutionsBrian Dollery

02-2009

Local Government AmalgamationBrian Dollery

01-2009

Australian Alternatives to Local Government Amalgamation: A Critical Evaluation of the Western Australian Regional Model of Local Government
Brian Dollery and Bligh Grant

10-2008

Financial Sustainability in South African Local Government: An Analysis of Municipal Funding Compliance
Nigel Graves and Brian Dollery

09-2008

Strategic Service Delivery Partnerships in Contemporary Australian Local Government
Brian Dollery, Bligh Grant and Lin Crase

08-2008

Shared Services in Australian Local Government: A Proposed Taxonomy
Brian Dollery, Bligh Grant and Alexandr Akimov

07-2008

Financial Management Legislative Compliance by South African Local Government
Nigel Graves and Brian Dollery

06-2008

Devolution and Leadership in Contemporary Local Government Reform: A Critique of the Lyons Report in England
Bligh Grant and Brian Dollery

05-2008

Efficiency and Democracy in Australian Local Government
Bligh Grant and Brian Dollery

04-2008

Local Government Reform across Developed Countries: A Guideline for Comparison
Barbara Ermini and Fabio Fiorillo

03-2008

Optimal Structural Reform Aggangements in Local Government: A Theoretical and Empirical Perspective
Lorenzo Robotti and Brian Dollery

02-2008

The Evaluation of Financial Management in South African Local Government: Budget Funding Compliance Measurement to Evaluate Best-Practice Financial Management Technical Assistance to South African Municipalities
Brian Dollery and Nigel Graves

01-2008

An Examination of the 'Skills Shortage' in Australian Local Government: The Case of Wastewater Service Provision in Regional New South Wales and Victoria
Joel Byrnes, Lin Crase, Brian Dollery and Renato Villano

20-2007

Australian Local Government and Electronic Gaming Machines: A Conceptual Critique of the Productivity Commission's Methodology
Brian Dollery and John Storer

19-2007

Putting Water to Work - Urban Water Utilities in Regional New South Wales and Victoria
Joel Byrnes, Lin Crase, Brian Dollery and Renato Villano

18-2007

An Analysis of the Roads to Recovery Program in New South Wales Local Government
Margaret Lopez, Brian Dollery and Joel Byrnes

17-2007

The Application of Performance Measurement in Australian Local Government
Andrew Worthington and Brian Dollery

16-2007

Civic Virtue and Place-Shaping in the Lyons Report on Local Government in England
Bligh Grant and Brian Dollery

15-2007

Economies of Scale and Population Size in Australian Local Government Structural Reform
Brian Dollery, Joel Byrnes and Lin Crase

14-2007

Financiang the Australian Local Government Infrastructure Backlog through a Bond Issue on the Capital Market
Joel Byrnes, Brian Dollery, Lin Crase and Phil Simmons

13-2007

A Critical Appraisal of the Queensland Reform Commission's Final Report
Brian Dollery, Chong Mun Ho and James Alin

12-2007

The Lyons Report and its Ramifications for Australian Local Government
Brian Dollery, Bligh Grant and Sue O'Keefe

11-2007

An Analysis of the Queensland Local Government Association's Shared Service Model
Brian Dollery, Greg Hallam and Joe Wallis

10-2007

One of A Kind: Local Government in Outback Central Queensland
Brian Dollery, Joe Wallis and Alexandr Akimov

09-2007

Has the Queensland Government Policy Reversal on Local Government Amalgamation been Satisfactorily Justified?
Brian Dollery, Joe Wallis and Lin Crase

08-2007

A New Model of Regional Governance in Australian Local Government with Local Autonomy Preserved
Brian Dollery, Joe Wallis and Don Ramsland

07-2007

An Evaluation of Shared Services in the Queensland Local Government Association's Size, Shape and Sustainability Program
Brian Dollery and Alexandr Akimov

06-2007

A Critical Review of the Empirical Evidence on Shared Services in Local Government
Brian Dollery and Alexandr Akimov

05-2007

An Analysis of Shared Local Government Services in Australia
Brian Dollery, Alexandr Akimov and Joel Byrnes

04-2007

A Typology of the Sources of Council Sustainability
Brian Dollery, Joel Byrnes and Lin Crase

03-2007

An Assessment of Pensioner Rebates in New South Wales
Brian Dollery, Andrew Johnson and Joel Byrnes

02-2007

An Analysis of the New Perspective on Amalgamation in Australian Local Government
Brian Dollery, Joel Byrnes and Lin Crase

01-2007

Citizen Participation in Local Government Corporate Planning in Queensland
Darren Dallinger and Brian Dollery

05-2006

Community Engagement in Local Government Reform in Queensland
Brian Dollery and Darren Dallinger

04-2006

Resolving the Australian Infrastructure Crisis through a Federal Infrastructure Asset Fund
Brian Dollery, Joel Byrnes and Lin Crase

03-2006

An Assessment of the Australian Government's Roads to Recovery Program
Brian Dollery, Bryan Pape and Joel Byrnes

02-2006

Overall Local Council Sustainability in Australian Local Government
Brian Dollery, Lin Crase and Joel Byrnes

01-2006

A Comparative Perspective on Financial Sustainability in Australian Local Government
Brian Dollery and Lin Crase

Editor of the Working Paper series:

Professor Brian Dollery, University of New England

Editorial Advisory Board:

Galia Akimova, Centre for Local Government, University of New England
Dr Joel Byrnes, AECon
Dr Lin Crase, La Trobe University
Bligh Grant, Centre for Local Government, University of New England 
Dr Craig Parsons, Yokohama National University
Professor Lorenzo Robotti, Università Politecnica delle Marche
Councillor and Emeritus Mayor Ian Tiley, Clarence Valley Council
Professor Joe Wallis, American University of Sharjah

Discipline of Economics Working Papers dealing with local government issues

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