Journal article

Locational disadvantage and the spatial distribution of government expenditure on urban infrastructure and services in metropolitan Sydney (1988-2015)

I Wiesel, F Liu, C Buckle

Geographical Research | John Wiley & Sons | Published : 2017


Provision of public services by state governments rather than municipalities is considered an important urban governance factor preventing deeper levels of socio-spatial inequality in Australian cities. The paper examines the spatial patterns of investment by the New South Wales state government in a wide range of services and infrastructure in metropolitan Sydney over 28 budget years from 1988/89 to 2015/16. We examined the relationship between volume and type of investment in infrastructure and services, and considered a local area's socioeconomic characteristics, distance from the central business district, and designation as a strategic site in metropolitan plans. Despite an overall redi..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

We are thankful to the two anonymous reviewers for their very helpful comments on a previous version of this paper. The study was funded by the Australian Research Council (DE140100390).