Journal article

The failure to learn from others: Vertical fiscal imbalance, centralisation, and Australia's metropolitan knowledge deficit

R Tomlinson

Australian Journal of Public Administration | Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia | Published : 2019


This paper questions the routes to knowledge of metropolitan governance elsewhere in the world and then explains how and why these are rendered more difficult in Australia. The paper begins with the policy literature on the exchange of knowledge relevant to metropolitan governance. The paper next explains the constitutional and fiscal backdrop to metropolitan governance in Australia; the ‘unique’ role of state governments in the funding, planning, and management of cities, and the powers adopted by the federal government that are made possible by vertical fiscal imbalance and funding conditionality. The paper then explores horizontal knowledge exchange of metropolitan governance in the form ..

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