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Brown, A. J. Federalism and Regionalism in Australia: New Approaches, New Institutions? Canberra: ANU E Press, 2006. [Google Books]

About: "Australia's federal system of governance is in a state of flux, and its relevance in a globalised world is being challenged. After decades of debate about different possibilities for institutional reform, dramatic shifts are occurring in the way in which power and responsibility are shared between federal, state and local governments, and in the emergence of an increasingly important 'fourth sphere' of governance at the regional level of Australian society." [Publisher]

Painter, Martin. Collaborative Federalism: Economic Reform in Australia in the 1990s. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998. [Google Books]

About: "This study of federalism identifies a new pattern of intergovernmental relations in Australia. Through his general discussion of the nature of the Australian federal system, and close analysis of recent developments in Australian politics and policy making, the author argues that the federal system is being fundamentally reshaped as state and commonwealth governments cooperate more closely than ever before on joint policy-making schemes." [Publisher]



Gallop, Geoff. "Australian Federalism, A Case Study in Pride and Prejudice." The Sydney Morning Herald, March 1, 2011.
Sawer, Marian. "The Trouble With Federalism." Australian Policy Online, April 8, 2009.



Fenna, Alan. "Best Laid Plans? Intentions, Design and Outcomes in Australian Federalism," The Constitutional Centre of Western Australia (2012).

Summary: "This paper asks how it was that outcomes diverged so far from intentions in Australian federalism.  Was there something about the design choices made by the Constitutional Conventions of the 1890s that made such a divergence more likely?  This paper pursues a line of analysis proposing that "the fundamental reason for the decline of the States may be traced to the Constitution." [Author]

Twomey, Anne and Withers, Glenn. "Australia's Federal Future,Council for the Australian Federation (2007).

Summary: "The authors identify and explore a number of benefits of federalism, including checks on power, voter choice, customisation of policies, competition, creativity and cooperation." [Publisher]

Fenna, Alan. "What Use is Federalism Anyway?" University of Newcastle (2006).
Summary: "The continuing decline of Australian federalism as a system of divided jurisdiction raises important questions about the optimal constitution for Australia. As a contribution to that discussion, this paper reviews some of the main arguments for a federal order." [Author]



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