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Creating walking towns and cities

The reports covered in this briefing provide more evidence of the importance of walking and examples of the kind of initiatives that could be introduced to make cities in Ireland safer and more pleasant to walk around.

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Lessons from social media and local government engagement in Canada and the UK

What role does social media play in local government service provision and community engagement? This briefing explores this question and gives examples of how councils in the UK and in Canada have used social media as a means of delivering their message, and engaging more actively with service users.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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