This week we take inspiration from the World Cup and take an international view on participatory local democracy. Andrew Walker hears from John Hennessey of the Municipal Association of Victoria on the tensions between federal and local government in pushing back against political disengagement in Australia. In Scotland, Kim Fellows speaks to Oliver Escobar, lecturer in Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh about the urgent need to invest in our democratic institutions. And we cover a recent briefing on the New Zealand government’s plans for wellbeing.
Plus the regular roundup of Daily News and LGiU briefings, including a review of public service mutuals, the impact of the heatwave and a national CO2 shortage. Hosted by Ingrid Koehler and Jennifer Glover.
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Links mentioned in podcast
LGiU Briefings [LGiU members only]:
- Reform in New Zealand local government: a new emphasis on well-being
- Swift Read – Reviewing and reforming local government finance
- Public Service Mutuals: State of the Sector 2018
LGiU Scotland [briefings also available for LGiU member authorities]: