Government intervention in regional development remains contentious. This thesis explores the success of the Western Australian Government's Royalties for Regions Program (the Program) in driving population and employment growth in the State's regional areas. The research undertook an analysis of both neo-liberal and interventionist regional development approaches as well as the political, social and economic drivers enabling the Program. Building on this, the thesis provides a qualitative analysis of both population and employment changes in small local governments where the Program provided funding. The evidence shows that the Program did not achieve its intended goals of population and employment growth.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||14 Apr 2022|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2021|