Place-based governance and local democracy: will Australian local government deliver?

Local government Central-local government relations Community participation Participatory processes Policy Democracy Australia

This report explores the case for, and ways to promote, effective place-based governance and local democracy as vital elements of Australia’s federal system. It is in response to trends such as declining levels of trust in governments and politicians, the inability of ‘big government’ to deal with issues such as climate change, rapid metropolitan growth and increasing inequality.

It acknowledges the understanding that place and identity are of fundamental importance to individuals and communities and provide a unique basis for local government and local governance. The investigation also reveals the major institutional and cultural barriers to the devolution of power, as well as a potential way forward for councils and communities.

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