Is biggest best? A comparative analysis of the financial viability of the Brisbane City Council

Sinnewe, Elisabeth, Kortt, Michael A., & Dollery, Brian (2014) Is biggest best? A comparative analysis of the financial viability of the Brisbane City Council. Australian Journal of Public Administration.

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Structural reform through forced mergers has been a dominant feature of Australian local government for decades. Advocates of compulsory consolidation contend that larger municipalities perform better across a wide range of attributes, including financial sustainability. While empirical scholars of local government have invested considerable effort into investigating these claims, no-one has yet examined the performance of Brisbane City Council against other local authorities, despite the fact that it is by far the largest council in Australia. This paper seeks to remedy this neglect by comparing Brisbane with Sydney City Council, an average of six south east Queensland councils and an average of ten metropolitan New South Wales councils against four measures of financial performance over the period 2008 to 2011.

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ID Code: 82067
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Brisbane City Council, Financial viability, Local Government
DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12118
ISSN: 1467-8500
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Institute of Public Administration Australia
Copyright Statement: This is the accepted version of the following article: [full citation], which has been published in final form at [Link to final article].
Deposited On: 26 Feb 2015 23:04
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2016 07:25

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