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.
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.
The 1st World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace brought together government leaders and experts to discuss how to increase security and reduce violence in cities using their local competencies.
From Executive to Ceremonial: Directly Elected Mayors in the United States, Australia and New Zealand
Examining if a correlation exists between a directly elected political mayor in a city and greater decision making capabilities for that location, comparing examples with Dublin where the question of such mayors is an ongoing issue.
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.
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.
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.
By exploring the legislative and structural elements that shape municipal (local) level government in Canada and local government in Ireland and the UK, this paper will seek to provide a detailed analysis of the most accessible layer of government in each state.
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.
This briefing will explore how many in local government are seeing increasingly demanding communities not as threats, but as opportunities to activate collective responses, and looks at examples of four local government areas in Scotland and Northern Spain.