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dc.contributor.authorDollery, Brian
dc.contributor.authorAkimov, Alexandr
dc.date.accessioned2017-11-16T12:00:33Z
dc.date.available2017-11-16T12:00:33Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.date.modified2011-02-15T12:55:11Z
dc.identifier.issn1835-761X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/36227
dc.description.abstractRecent national and state-based inquiries into the financial circumstances of Australian local councils have demonstrated unequivocally that many municipalities are in a parlous monetary state. This has inter alia shed severe doubt on the efficacy of recent forced amalgamation programs in several Australian local government jurisdictions and stimulated the search for alternative methods of improving the operational efficiency of local councils in an effort to generate costs savings. While all these inquiries have recommended shared service institutional arrangements as the best alternative to amalgamation, only the now defunct Queensland Local Government Association's (2006) Size, Shape and Sustainability Program has provided a detailed analysis of the purported benefits of shared services. In this paper, we show that the Size, Shape and Sustainability Report and its main supporting study are fraught with errors and misleading interpretations of available evidence on shared services and should thus be treated with great caution in future by local government policymakers.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherCentre for Local Government, University of New England
dc.publisher.placeArmidale
dc.publisher.urihttps://www.une.edu.au/about-une/faculty-of-science-agriculture-business-and-law/unebs/centre-for-local-government/research/working-papers
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom1
dc.relation.ispartofpageto14
dc.relation.ispartofissue7
dc.relation.ispartofjournalWorking Papers
dc.relation.ispartofvolume2007
dc.rights.retentionN
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode340209
dc.titleAn evaluation of shared services in the Queensland Local Government Association’s Size, Shape and Sustainability Program
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.date.issued2007
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorAkimov, Alexandr


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