This book is a major work on federalism and intergovernmental relations in Australia. It moves beyond familiar discussions about reforming the federal system to address the practical means by which reform can be achieved. The book adopts a hard-headed approach to the question of how reform is being advanced and suggests ways in which it might be accomplished in the future.
The matters considered in this book range from the political to the constitutional, the legal to the economic. They include the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), intergovernmental agreements, referenda and public opinion. The collection offers in-depth analysis of recent developments, such as the Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations and the creation of the COAG Reform Council.
A special feature is case studies analysing the path to reform in health, higher education, water management, and childcare and violence against women.
The volume brings together perspectives of those working in government and in academia. It is an essential text for readers wanting to understand the emerging currents and new challenges in reform of the Australian Federation.
Introduction Paul Kildea, Andrew Lynch and George Williams
Part One - Intergovernmental Relations: Recent Developments and Future Directions
Federalism Under the Rudd and Gillard Governments Mary-Ann McQuestin Adaptation and Reform in Australian Federalism Alan Fenna The COAG Reform Council: A View from the Inside Geoff Gallop The Council for the Australian Federation: Strengthening the Ties that Bind Jennifer Menzies Making Room for Democracy in Intergovernmental Relations Paul Kildea Increasing Accountability at the Heart of the Federation Philip O’Meara and Anna Faithfull
Part Two - Intergovernmental Grants and Federal Reform
Tied Grants and Policy Reform in Public Hospitals and Schools Vijaya Ramamurthy Designing Intergovernmental Grants to Facilitate Policy Reform Neil Warren Using Regulation to Effect Constitutional Change in Higher Education Robyn Hollander
Part Three - Legal Mechanisms and Federal Reform
The High Court and Dynamic FederalismMelissa PerryThe Reference Power: The Rise and Rise of Placitum?Andrew Lynch Popular Ratification of the State Constitutions Nicholas Aroney
Part Four - Case Studies in Federal Reform
A Gender and Change Perspective on Intergovernmental Relations Louise Chappell, Deborah Brennan and Kim Rubenstein Health Policy as Contested Terrain in the Australian Federation Janet Anderson Water Reform and the Federal System Alex Gardner
Part Five - The Constitution and Federal Reform
Rewriting the Federation Through Referendum George Williams Measuring the Mysteries of Federal Political Culture in Australia A J Brown State Initiation of Section 128 Referenda Sarah Murray Deliberative Constitutional Change in a Polarised FederationRon Levy
Published 10 February 2012
Publisher The Federation Press
Australian RRP $59.95
International Price $55.00
Government / Political Studies
Law - Constitutional