Measuring community development: perspectives from local government in Western Australia

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Saggers, Sherry, Carter, May, Boyd, Stuart, Cooper, Trudi and Sonn, Christopher (2003) Measuring community development: perspectives from local government in Western Australia. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 38 (1). pp. 19-37. ISSN 0157-6321


Local government in Australia has become an important site for discussions about community development and community well being, as increasing numbers of community services are being devolved to this level. Pressures towards greater accountability and demonstration of competitiveness, stemming from the implementation of National Competition Policy have led to attempts to better measure community development activities. In this paper we report on research conducted among management, elected members and community workers at five Western Australian Local Government Authorities which explored the nature and appropriateness of community development measurement. We found workers at all levels of employment struggling, not simply with notions of measurement, but also with fundamental understandings of community development.

Item type Article
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 220000 Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts-General
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords Local government, administrative & political divisions, community development, ecomonic assistance, domestic, responsibility, economic development, social planning, federal aid to community development, political science
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