This briefing provides an overview of local government in New Zealand and then focuses on New Zealand local government’s rating and borrowing powers and accountability regime , as these are judged likeliest to be of interest for local government in other jurisdictions.
The commentary to date on Brexit has focused on the process, the politics, the likely outcome and the consequences of the new arrangements. There has been little analysis of the ratification processes required to give effect to the Brexit Treaties. This briefing will explore this.
Evidence shows that educational outcomes for children and young people from the traveller community are less favourable than for the rest of the population. Here, we explore what might be done to counter this.
This briefing covers the net gains and losses across the UK, by political party. We also look at the overall picture, and announce the results and turnout from the mayoral elections. Finally, we look in more detail at the results across England, Wales and Scotland.
Towns are vital to the wellbeing of millions of people across Europe, however, the voices of towns are often crowded out of the public policy arena. This briefing explores what might be done about it based on global Turnaround Towns successes.
Examining one of the key sources of funding the revenue accounts of Irish local authorities, this paper will first illustrate the four main sources of funding the revenue accounts of local authorities today and demonstrate that government grants and subsidies represents 26% of the funding source base of local authorities…
Is the implementation of strategy a huge challenge, irrespective of the macro environment? What approaches worked? How was resistance to change overcome? Did new implementation methodologies evolve that can be used in better times?
Symbolism or Substance? A Comparative Analysis of Directly Elected Mayors in Ireland, Canada and the UK
A consistent feature of municipal government in Canada and local government in the UK, but one that is not yet evident in Ireland, is the presence of directly elected mayors. Given the contrasting political status of mayors in all three states, this paper will seek to provide a comparative overview.
In 2015, eleven new councils in Northern Ireland took the reigns of service delivery and representation to begin the process of moving to a new local government model, one that was different from those of the past and designed for the 21st Century. This briefing explores both this model and…
A Stepping Stone to Something More? A Comparative Analysis of Local Government Candidacy and Multi-level Institutional Factors in Canada, Scotland and Ireland
This briefing will assess if the perception of municipalities in Canada differs from that of their local authority counterparts in the UK and Ireland, and if institutional factors play a role in this regard, and aim to shed greater light on the raison d’etre of local and municipal governance in…