Political Alienation and Council Amalgamations: The Effect of Municipality Size on Levels of Political Efficacy and Political Participation

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Abstract

From the early 1990s, policies of amalgamation have seen the number of municipalities across Australia fall by a third, and their average population size more than double. Concomitantly, scholars have charted a growing sense of alienation between citizens and their political institutions. Yet, despite local government being long regarded as a school for democracy, the effects of municipality size on democratic attitudes and behaviours remains severely understudied. Focussing on the capital city regions of South Australia and Western Australia, this research addresses this knowledge gap through quantitative, inferential analysis of the relationships between municipality size, political efficacy, and political participation.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Gerard, Kelly, Supervisor
  • Taylor, Jeannette, Supervisor
  • Brown, Graham, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date7 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2021

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