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Intergovernmental processes and relations between local, state and commonwealth governments are centrally important in Australian politics and public policy. Dramatic shifts are however occurring in the ways in which power and responsibility are shared between governments. Pressures for reform come from above and below, as governments struggle to deal with complex, often entrenched ‘trans-boundary’ policy issues and as the needs of local and regional communities are afforded increasing importance. This unit explores the networks of intergovernmental relations – administrative, political, fiscal and legal – permeating and influencing policy formulation, implementation and evaluation. We examine how traditional frameworks are changing in response to the quest for more adaptive, effective, legitimate and efficient forms of governance. While the main focus in this unit is on the Australian experience, we also reflect upon experiences in other countries.
Minor assignment 2000 words; Case study 3000 words
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