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Local Government in a Global World

Local government plays a critical role in the lives of all citizens, from remote towns to capital cities. As the political legitimacy and importance of municipalities grow, however, it becomes increasingly difficult to strike a balance between local and higher levels of government. The contributors to Local Government in a Global World provide insights into key themes impacting local governance in two federations with much in common historically, culturally, and politically: Australia and Canada. These essays examine changes in the Australian and Canadian systems through four thematic lenses: citizen participation in government systems, the restructuring and reform of local governments, the use of performance measures and management systems in the administration of local governments, and the relations of local governments within higher levels of governments. Unique in its thematic selection and in its compare-and-contrast structure, Local Government in a Global World provides a valuable reference for those seeking to understand how effective local government is structured and managed.
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Table of Contents Chapter 1 Local Government in a Global World: Australia and Canada in Comparative Perspectives Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (University of Victoria, Canada) John Martin (La Trobe University, Australia) Chapter 2 Citizen Participation and Local Governance: The Australian Experience Chris Aulich, University of Canberra, Australia Chapter 3 'You Say you want an Evolution?': From Citizen to Community Engagement in Canadian Cities Susan D. Phillips Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada Chapter Four Restructuring and Reform - Australia Neil Marshall, University of New England, Australia Chapter Five Restructuring and Reform - Canada Andrew Sancton, University of Western Ontario, Canada Chapter Six Performance Management in Australian Local Government Louise Kloot, Swinburne University and John Martin, La Trobe University, Australia Chapter 7 Performance Management in Canadian Local Government: A Journey in Progress or a Dead End? Carol Agocs, University of Western Ontario and Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, University of Victoria, Canada Chapter 8 What's Fair? Inter-government Relations in Australia Graham Sansom, University of Technology Sydney, Australia Chapter 9 No Joke! Local - Government and Intergovernmental Relations in Canada Katherine A. H. Graham, Carleton University, Canada Chapter 10 Local Government in a Global World: Comparing Findings and Conclusions Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, University of Victoria, Canada, and John Martin, La Trobe University, Australia.

About the Author

Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly is an associate professor and co-director of the Local Government Institute at the University of Victoria. John F. Martin is a professor and director of the Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities at LaTrobe University.


'The exploration of the connections between globalization and local government is timely given the importance of international influences on the economic, social, and environmental challenges facing governments... The discussion of various theories surrounding governance and reform trends in the two countries offers useful insights on specific country experiences, as well as broader trends and developments in the sector. The editors provide valuable perspective for those seeking more effective ways to enhance the contribution of local governments to the sustainable development of communities.' -- Claudia Scott: Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, Issue 7: November 2010 'Local Government in a Global World is very accessible to practitioners and academic audiences... The editors and authors provide valuable perspectives for those seeking more effective ways to enhance the contribution of local governments to the sustainable development of communities.' -- Claudia Scott; Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance: Issue 07: November 2010

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