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Promoting economic growth is a ubiquitous concern and a priority for all levels of government in Australia and abroad. Despite a steady stream of reforms, inquiries and initiatives intended to help clarify and improve the effectiveness of the role of government in economic development; this mongrel policy field continues to evade broad stakeholder agreement (both within and beyond the public sector). Such a condition serves as a barrier to meeting economic growth objectives and broader socioeconomic outcomes.
This research seeks to improve our existing understanding of the diverse roles and engagement of councils in the leadership, organisation, delivery and promotion of local and regional economic development in twenty-first century Australia. In particular, the lack of legislative clarity about the role of councils in economic development prompted this research.