Title

Enhancing Australian regional policy: a conceptual framework for assessing the role of regional development Australia

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Dollery, B, Buultjens, J & Adams, K 2012, 'Enhancing Australian regional policy: a conceptual framework for assessing the role of regional development Australia', Space and Polity, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 241-55.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13562576.2011.692564

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

Australian regional development has suffered from ‘fragmentation’ with policy responsibility shared between different tiers of government. The Rudd government sought to improve regional policy with the establishment of the Regional Development Australia (RDA) network. However, uncertainty surrounds the role of RDA. This paper seeks to illuminate this problem by drawing on the literature on types of multi-tiered governance, especially the work of Hooghe and Marks and Skelcher on Type I and Type II bodies. It is argued in a normative framework that the RDA network has the characteristics of Type II entities and that this gives it a comparative advantage in specific respects.