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Australia's Metropolitan Imperative: An Agenda for Governance Reform
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Richard Tomlinson Marcus Spiller
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Australia's Metropolitan Imperative: An Agenda for Governance Reform

Richard Tomlinson Marcus Spiller


CSIRO Publishing

Regional government;
Urban & municipal planning


264 pages

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Since the early 1990s there has been a global trend towards governmental devolution. However, in Australia, alongside deregulation, public-private partnerships and privatisation, there has been increasing centralisation rather than decentralisation of urban governance. Australian state governments are responsible for the planning, management and much of the funding of the cities, but the Commonwealth government has on occasion asserted much the same role. Disjointed policy and funding priorities between levels of government have compromised metropolitan economies, fairness and the environment.

Australia's Metropolitan Imperative: An Agenda for Governance Reform makes the case that metropolitan governments would promote the economic competitiveness of Australia's cities and enable more effective and democratic planning and management. The contributors explore the global metropolitan `renaissance', document the history of metropolitan debate in Australia and demonstrate metropolitan governance failures. They then discuss the merits of establishing metropolitan governments, including economic, fiscal, transport, land use, housing and environmental benefits.

The book will be a useful resource for those engaged in strategic, transport and land use planning, and a core reference for students and academics of urban governance and government.

Edited by:   Richard Tomlinson, Marcus Spiller
Imprint:   CSIRO Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 245mm,  Width: 170mm, 
Weight:   680g
ISBN:   9781486307968
ISBN 10:   1486307965
Pages:   264
Publication Date:   July 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Richard Tomlinson is Professor in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne. He has served as a Visiting Professor at Columbia University and at the University of the Witwatersrand, as a Visiting Scholar at MIT and as a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution. For many years he was a private consultant in issues related to cities. Marcus Spiller is Principal and Partner in SGS Economics & Planning Pty Ltd. He is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University and at the University of NSW, an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, a former member of the National Housing Supply Council and a former National President of the Planning Institute of Australia.

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