Local Government in a Global World: Australia and Canada in Comparative Perspective

Edited by Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly and John F. Martin

© 2010

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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  • Series: IPAC Series in Public Management and Governance
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.4in x 1.0in x 9.3in
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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.

Local Government in a Global World: Australia and Canada in Comparative Perspective

Edited by Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly and John F. Martin

© 2010

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.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: IPAC Series in Public Management and Governance
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.4in x 1.0in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    ‘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
  • Author Information

    Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly is Professor and Jean Monnet Chair in Innovative Governance at the University of Victoria.



    John F. Martin is a professor and director of the Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities at LaTrobe University.

  • Table of contents

    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.