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Local Government in Belgium: decentralisation in progress

Belgium has undergone considerable changes in its governance arrangements as it has transformed over 40 years from a unitary state to a federal one with significant decentralisation and devolution to regions, language communities, provinces, and local municipalities. This briefing tracks these changes.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
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Local Government in France: A Comparative Overview

This briefing is one of a series looking at local government across the world. It outlines the development of France’s republican and democratic structures (including changes to the constitution) and the influence they have had on local government, and institutions at a local level.

Australia, England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland
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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 all three states.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
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South African Local Government: an insight

The latest in our series on comparative international local government, this briefing offers a snapshot of municipal governance in South Africa, highlighting the mandates and objectives of local government, their financial situation, some of their big challenges and recent responses.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
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Same but different – Local government in Ireland and Australia

This is the latest in a series of briefings looking at local government around the world. Local councils in Australia are under financial strain like many of their counterparts in Ireland, but the federal system in which they operate means that responsibilities for local authorities differ by state.

Australia, Ireland
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Same but different: Local government in Scotland and Australia

Councils in Australia are under financial strain like their counterparts in Scotland. The federal system in which they operate means that responsibilities for local authorities differ by state, and that the solutions for tackling priority concerns vary depending on where a council is located.

Australia, Scotland