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Building the capacity to govern the Australian metropolis: Challenges and opportunities

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Abstract


  • This paper traces key policy challenges facing Australia’s metropolitan cities as a

    result of multiscaled shifts in their governance contexts. These shifts, related both to the

    neoliberal erosion of a national commitment to universal social provision and the adoption of

    a ‘competitive city’ governance paradigm at the urban scale, have produced a set of

    governance challenges, particularly concerning urban social inclusion and cohesion.

    Moreover, a range of institutional obstacles continues to hinder the generation of urban

    governance capacity to address these challenges. The paper works through the nature of

    these obstacles and takes a pragmatic approach to identifying opportunities to mobilise and

    reenergise the capacity to govern in Australia’s big cities. In particular it points to the need for

    a national urban governance agenda, the need to move beyond the limits of the ‘competitive

    city’ governance paradigm to mobilise the resilient capacities of state intervention, and the

    need to harness private resources and capacities more effectively to public policy rather that

    market-driven aspirations.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • McGuirk, P. (2007). Building the capacity to govern the Australian metropolis: Challenges and opportunities. (pp. 1-15). State of Australian Cities Research Network.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3344&context=sspapers

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Abstract


  • This paper traces key policy challenges facing Australia’s metropolitan cities as a

    result of multiscaled shifts in their governance contexts. These shifts, related both to the

    neoliberal erosion of a national commitment to universal social provision and the adoption of

    a ‘competitive city’ governance paradigm at the urban scale, have produced a set of

    governance challenges, particularly concerning urban social inclusion and cohesion.

    Moreover, a range of institutional obstacles continues to hinder the generation of urban

    governance capacity to address these challenges. The paper works through the nature of

    these obstacles and takes a pragmatic approach to identifying opportunities to mobilise and

    reenergise the capacity to govern in Australia’s big cities. In particular it points to the need for

    a national urban governance agenda, the need to move beyond the limits of the ‘competitive

    city’ governance paradigm to mobilise the resilient capacities of state intervention, and the

    need to harness private resources and capacities more effectively to public policy rather that

    market-driven aspirations.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • McGuirk, P. (2007). Building the capacity to govern the Australian metropolis: Challenges and opportunities. (pp. 1-15). State of Australian Cities Research Network.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3344&context=sspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2343

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