Cities: who decides?

by Jane-Frances Kelly


Cities: who decides? investigates decision making in eight of the world’s most successful cities, and asks what governance arrangements accompanied their broad-based improvement.

Every city has a different story, but a number of common themes emerged. They included the importance of public engagement, consistent strategic direction, cross-sectoral collaboration, and regional cooperation.

The report’s findings have a number of implications for Australian cities. First, residents must be involved in decisions. The cities that made and implemented tough choices had early and deep public engagement, of an order of magnitude different from the usual Australian experience. Second, changing structures does not, in itself, produce success, and can even be a distraction. No one type of governance structure was associated with these cities’ improvement.

Download Report

Download Media Release

Download Op-ed published in The Age

Related Articles

news

20 March 2017

Bush may not like it but our cities must come first

Published by The Australian, Monday 20 March Beware politicians bearing gifts for the bush. Barnaby Joyce apparently wants to become the barnstorming minister who gets to tour the backblocks of…

news

20 March 2017

Value capture: a good idea to fund infrastructure but not easy in practice

Published at The Conversation, Monday 20 March Is “value capture” a wonderful untapped opportunity to fulfill all our infrastructure dreams? Or is it just a new way to sting the taxpayer? Our n…