Engagement at the regional level
in The search for democratic renewal
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The search for democratic renewal has been taking place at the regional level. This chapter focuses on two cases of innovative attempts to reconnect the state with the citizen at the regional level in Australia. They are the Victorian Labor government headed by former Premier Steve Bracks and the case of South Australia led by former Premier Mike Rann. Although the focus of the chapter is efforts by Australian Labor states to enhance civic engagement and new forms of citizen-centred policy-making, there have been similar efforts in the UK. The new Victorian Labor government was caught off guard when it won the 1999 state election and was put under pressure to formulate a clear policy direction, the establishment of the Growing Victoria Together process being a direct outcome. The centrepiece of Rann's policy agenda was to be South Australia's Strategic Plan, originally called the State Strategic Plan.

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