Building effective local government in New Zealand: creatures of statute or expressions of local democracy?
Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, 2016, vol. 38, issue 4, 289-295
This research note – as a basis of an ongoing wider assessment – considers New Zealand’s recent experience of the relationship between central government and the local government sector under successive National party led minority governments. It is essentially a story of successive endeavours by the central government to reshape local government in terms of a core services efficiency understanding of the role of local government. It raises important questions about whether a focus on efficiency is consistent with, or inherently in conflict with, understandings of local voice and representation.
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