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Trimester 1 or trimester 3 (2010/2011)
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The unit examines local governance in a comparative framework, focusing on Australia, Canada, Britain, New Zealand and Sweden. The aim of the unit is to compare, contrast and evaluate different modes and mechanisms of local governance across these countries. This will include variations in local government form, structure, relations to national government, and democratic representation. The unit will also discuss the national reform agendas in these countries, and consider how these affect governance at the local level. Attention will be given to broader issues like community governance, leadership, and participation.
Students will be expected to write a 5000 word research paper comparing at least three countries on one specific aspect of the unit. The assessment will be divided into three parts:
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