By Mikayla Novak

In fiscal federalism as in any other area of policy there is commonly a difference between intention and results. The management of intergovernmental grant programs is no exception to this rule.

Taking the case of Australia, there are decades of official reports and studies outlining problems with the management of grants from the central (federal) government to lower-level state governments (and, in some cases, from federal “through” the states to local council authorities). The maladministration of grant programs over a long period, which…