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Local governments and a ‘three-lens’ approach to economic recovery

In this think piece Dr Marcus Spiller from SGS Economics & Planning looks conceptually at local economies rethinks the role of local municipal authorities in local economic development, and advocates that local councils adopt a ‘three-lens’ approach.

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Reforms to local strategic planning in NSW: A new role for councils?

This briefing discusses recent reforms to local strategic planning and the preparation of new Local Housing Strategies by local governments in New South Wales. These are part of efforts to introduce improved local strategic land use planning aligned with longer-term regional and district strategic plans.

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Covid-19 pandemic authoritarianism? Exceptional politics and the peril of democratic decline

International studies show a global decline in democracy since 2006. The current spread of ‘states of emergency’ in democratic and non-democratic countries runs a risk of eroding civil liberties even far beyond the end of the crisis. The pandemic is triggering discussions about permanent surveillance measures, the recentralisation of policies, and exceptional rules – even…

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Democracy Deferred? To elect or not to elect in the time of Covid-19

The May 2020 elections were postponed in the UK, but other polls in other places have carried on. We cannot afford to postpone democracy forever, what should an election look like in the time of coronavirus?

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Covid-19, Bushfires and Pathways to Recovery

Australia has had to contend with two unprecedented crises over the past six months: catastrophic bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic. This briefing provides a summary and linkages for a report by SGS Economics & Planning examining possible pathways to recovery for local councils.

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Financial impacts of COVID-19 on Australian local governments

The focus of this briefing is the impact that COVID-19 restrictions introduced by the federal and state governments have had on local government service provision, how local government is supporting their local economies, and how they are dealing with the financial challenges in the short- and long-term.

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Local government and Covid-19: exit strategies – the timing, the issues

How and when to reduce lockdown restrictions is a pressing issue: what should decide whether a country’s lockdown should be relaxed, and when and how, and who should be making the decisions. There is no blueprint – each country has different criteria and political and social context.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland