Love thy neighbour: a social capital approach to local government partnerships

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Dollery, Brian, Grant, Bligh and Crase, Lin. 2011. "Love thy neighbour: a social capital approach to local government partnerships." Australian Journal of Public Administration. 70 (2), pp. 156-166. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8500.2011.00719.x
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Love thy neighbour: a social capital approach to local government partnerships

ERA Journal ID18732
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsDollery, Brian (Author), Grant, Bligh (Author) and Crase, Lin (Author)
Journal TitleAustralian Journal of Public Administration
Journal Citation70 (2), pp. 156-166
Number of Pages11
Year2011
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISSN0313-6647
1467-8500
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8500.2011.00719.x
Abstract

While controversy surrounds compulsory consolidation as a means of improving the operational efficiency of local government, the literature suggests that gains can accrue to groups of local councils which form voluntary alliances as platforms for shared service delivery. However, real-world experience has demonstrated that voluntary alliances in local government are difficult to establish and do not always endure in the longer term. After reviewing the limited extant scholarly literature on shared services and local council voluntary alliances, as well as applications of the social capital approach to inter-organisational endeavour, such as the venture capital model, this article argues that the social capital approach can offer insights into local council cooperative alliance and shared service models. © 2011 The Authors

Keywordslocal government; local councils; social capital; shared services
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440801. Australian government and politics
440708. Public administration
350709. Organisation and management theory
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of New England
La Trobe University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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