Online absent vote applications: one pressure too many for the strained electoral sector?

LGIU’s recent work on voter ID demonstrated the serious pressures faced by staff who run elections in England. At the end of this month, a new and half-finished system will be introduced across England: online absent vote applications. In this article, Dr Greg Stride explores how a good idea can be implemented in the wrong…

England & Wales

Trust and the Monitoring Officer

In this article, Dr Greg Stride from LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre explores how councils work to ensure they are trustworthy and trusted. Upcoming research will explore how the crucial role of the Monitoring Officer can help guarantee that English councils do everything the public can expect of them and, in turn, build trust.

England & Wales

Are we living in an age of post-trust politics?

What happens when we no longer trust our governments? Or when civic institutions no longer trust each other? As part of our LGIU@40 campaign we look at declining trust levels and how local government can re-build trust.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland

Outpacing change – How to see the future without the past

Predicting the future is a core skill for policy makers and budget controllers – but how do you do that when traditional prediction methods are losing effectiveness? In this think piece, Georgie Smith from Upsides Training, explains how predicting future events isn’t as hard as you might think.


Podcast: The under-explored relationship between local government and dark tourism

In this episode, your host, Freya Millard, chats with Dr. Beth Heidelberg from Minnesota State University, Mankato, to discuss her very niche specialism exploring local government’s relationship with the dark tourism industry. Providing insightful case study analysis from her own field research of US dark tourism hotspots like Salem, Clear Lake, Holcombe and Amityville.


Poll: Help shape our dark tourism and local government research

We’re seeking to understand better the complex industry of dark tourism and its relationship with local government. We want LGIU members and readers to help us. Your input in our poll below can shape the direction of our research in partnership with academics at Minnesota State University.


Trust me, I work in local government

Sharing in LGIU’s 40th celebrations, Chris Elliott, Chief Executive at Warwick District Council reflects on his 40 years in local government and what has not changed. Highlighting the stagnant issues of the sector and growing mistrust, Chris argues that truthful practices need to be ingrained in all local government does going forward.

England & Wales

The core principles of trust applied to local government

In this article, Dr Hannah Bunting, lecturer in Quantitative British Politics at the University of Exeter, outlines the core principles of trust, applying them to the context of local governance. Building on this further, Dr Greg Stride adds some additional insights from our Local Democracy Research Centre’s recent work.

England & Wales, Global

What has happened to the trust between the UK’s central and local government?

In this thought-provoking read, Cllr Baggy Shanker, Leader of Derby City Council, reflects on the deterioration of central and local government relationships and asks, what has happened to the trust in local government? In the midst of unprecedented pressures, he argues that the last thing the sector needs is more hoops to jump.

England & Wales, Scotland