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Beyond the 3 R’s – investigating barriers to innovation in local government

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • Australian local government stands at a

    pivotal point in its evolution, as it seeks to respond

    to impending challenges and long-standing, “wicked” problems. Paradoxically, at the same

    time as shifting boundaries between federal, state

    and local governance provide new opportunities

    for local government and local communities, local

    councils are facing a crisis of confidence in terms

    of relevance, capacity and community trust. The

    pressure is on for local government to reinvent

    itself for the 21st century, but a variety of internal

    and external factors impact on its capacity to do so.

    This paper documents the beginning phases of a

    study of the phenomena that impede innovation by

    and within local government, in particular innovative

    practice in relation to local government paradigms

    and processes. The presenter, who works in local

    government, is seeking to identify the points in the

    innovation cycle at which the intent for innovative

    practice fails to deliver innovative outcomes and to

    explain how organisational attributes, community

    characteristics, governance and legislated

    delegation, limit the capacity of local government

    authorities to innovate.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Thompson, J., Garrett-Jones, S. E. & Jones, M. L. (2012). Beyond the 3 R’s – investigating barriers to innovation in local government. Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association International (ANZRSAI) conference (p. 33). Wollongong, Australia: University of Wollongong.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/122

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  • 33

Place Of Publication


  • Wollongong, Australia

Abstract


  • Australian local government stands at a

    pivotal point in its evolution, as it seeks to respond

    to impending challenges and long-standing, “wicked” problems. Paradoxically, at the same

    time as shifting boundaries between federal, state

    and local governance provide new opportunities

    for local government and local communities, local

    councils are facing a crisis of confidence in terms

    of relevance, capacity and community trust. The

    pressure is on for local government to reinvent

    itself for the 21st century, but a variety of internal

    and external factors impact on its capacity to do so.

    This paper documents the beginning phases of a

    study of the phenomena that impede innovation by

    and within local government, in particular innovative

    practice in relation to local government paradigms

    and processes. The presenter, who works in local

    government, is seeking to identify the points in the

    innovation cycle at which the intent for innovative

    practice fails to deliver innovative outcomes and to

    explain how organisational attributes, community

    characteristics, governance and legislated

    delegation, limit the capacity of local government

    authorities to innovate.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Thompson, J., Garrett-Jones, S. E. & Jones, M. L. (2012). Beyond the 3 R’s – investigating barriers to innovation in local government. Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association International (ANZRSAI) conference (p. 33). Wollongong, Australia: University of Wollongong.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/122

Start Page


  • 33

Place Of Publication


  • Wollongong, Australia