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Coming to grips with corporate governance in local government

Lohrey, RC, Horner, CA ORCID: 0000-0002-2687-0202, Williams, BR ORCID: 0000-0002-0688-1940 and Wilmshurst, TD ORCID: 0000-0003-1863-8566 2019 , 'Coming to grips with corporate governance in local government' , Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 78, no. 4 , pp. 596-612 , doi: 10.1111/1467-8500.12395.

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Abstract

Local government, the tier of government closest to the people, provides services and infrastructure which impact daily on the well-being of local communities. Despite theAustralian state-based regulatory framework, governance dysfunction regularly results in dismissal of councils. This paper seeks to gain an insight into what is understood bycorporate governance at the local government level, an area not addressed in previous research. The methodology was a case study of one local municipality in Tasmania usingexplanatory sequential mixed methods. Findings revealed a narrow compliance-based understanding, with effective accountability strategies not included in that understanding.Diverse information sources, such as previous employment experience and industry-based training, led to embedded beliefs about the meaning of corporate governance whichwere not necessarily shared by all. This study has implications for state governments seeking to find long-term solutions for dysfunctional councils, and to bring about positivechange.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Lohrey, RC and Horner, CA and Williams, BR and Wilmshurst, TD
Keywords: accountability, corporate governance, local government
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Public Administration
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
ISSN: 1467-8500
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/1467-8500.12395
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Copyright 2019 Institute of Public Administration Australia

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