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Title: Building Relationships across the Timor Sea: An Evaluation of the Australian/Timorese Friendship Agreements
Contributor(s): Spence, Rebecca (author); Ninnes, Fiona Marion (author)
Publication Date: 2007
DOI: 10.1002/pad.459
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Abstract: This article explores the concept and dynamics of the newly formed, and increasingly popular, Friendship Agreements, between local councils in Australia, and their counterpart district administrations in Timor Leste. The history and purpose of international municipal links are explored and contrasted with current Friendship Agreement policy and practice. The key elements of making international municipal links a success are examined and the main impediments to forging and maintaining sustainable partnerships are discussed and contrasted with the Australian/Timorese experience. The article offers suggestions for creating sustainable, vibrant links. It argues that those Agreements built on notions of paternalism are less likely to succeed than those that are committed to relationship and trust building between and within communities in Australia and Timor Leste.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Public Administration and Development, 27(4), p. 333-340
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 0271-2075
Field of Research (FOR): 160599 Policy and Administration not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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