Graham Sansom


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

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...
Journal article

Is Australian local government ready for localism?

This article argues that despite some significant constraints, Australian local government could, if it wished, pursue a substantial localism agenda.
Discussion paper

Australian mayors: what can and should they do?

This paper on the changing role of mayors, and how that role might be strengthened, seeks to fill one of several significant gaps in research and discussion of political governance in Australian local government. It reviews relevant literature and recent developments in Australia, New Zealand...

Australian Mayors: What Can and Should They Do?

Recent decades have seen significant developments in the role of mayors across the world. These developments have mirrored the widening international discourse on local governance and civic leadership, and are part of broader changes sweeping through local government. Australian local governments have been subject to...

Consolidation in local government: A fresh look

This project was undertaken as a collaborative research venture between the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG), Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA), and Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ). Each wanted to take a fresh look at the issue of consolidation in...