On The Study Of Federal Capitals: A Review Article

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Roger Wettenhall


It is fitting that Canada, as one of the world's leading federations, should play host to important ventures in the study of federal capitals, and in the analysis of how these capitals are governed and financed. A generation ago it was Canadian professor of political science Donald Rowat who produced the first anthology of these capitals. His edited book, with 17 case studies contributed by leading scholars of the time, provided excellent coverage of its subject and has remained the major text in the field for over 30 years. But there have been important developments in the field since Rowat's book was published by University of Toronto Press (Rowat 1973), and we can be thankful that another Canada-based team has produced a sequel volume that brings the story up-to-date and extends it in significant ways (Slack & Chattopadhyay 2009).

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Wettenhall, R. (1). On The Study Of Federal Capitals: A Review Article. Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, (6), 158-165. https://doi.org/10.5130/cjlg.v0i6.1630
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Roger Wettenhall, University of Canberra & ANZOG

After a career in public service and in public administration teaching and research, Roger Wettenhall retired formally in the mid-1990s and has since been Emeritus Professor and Visiting Professor in Public Administration in the University of Canberra. He was project director/co-chairman/chairman of the Working Group on Public Enterprise Management and the Public-Private Mix of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration from 1983 to 2001, was Editor of the Australian Journal of Public Administration from 1989 to 1995, and now chairs the Institute of Public Administration Australia/University of Canberra Public Administration Research Trust Fund.