Briefing paper

This paper is prompted by To enshrine and define local government once and for all, a Briefing Paper by Christine Rose, which presents a useful analysis of central-local government responsibilities. Localism – empowering local government and communities to make more of the decisions currently made by central government – is a current hot topic with Local Government New Zealand and the New Zealand Initiative launching Project Localism, promoting more devolution and decentralisation.

This paper seeks to offer some additional perspectives on the key issue of 'centralisation'.

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