Publications

We have an extensive catalogue of publications - research reports, long read articles, toolkits and best practice guidelines - that stem from our work with our member councils and other collaborations. Most publications are free to read and download as PDFs but you do need to be logged in to the website. Please sign in or set up an account if you don't already have one (this is free of charge). A few publications are for members only.

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Free, fair and safe: 2021 local elections

In a comprehensive survey of council leaders, chief executives and heads of democratic services told us that we must delay local elections to the Autumn and we must do it now.

England & Wales

A wellbeing council

This communication, imagined by Laura Catchpole, from a local government leader discussing the merits of a wellbeing council, is one of the scenarios that we are exploring as part of the new municipalism pillar of our Post-Covid Councils project looking at the future of local government.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

The multi-democratic council

This imagining, from Kerry Ferguson, of what we are calling a multi-democratic council is one of the scenarios that we are exploring as part of the new municipalism pillar of our Post-Covid Councils project looking at the future of local government.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

Post-Covid councils: Towards a new municipalism

This pillar of our post-Covid councils project explores the future of local government in response to the many impacts that Covid has had on people’s lives and councils. We examine possible scenarios for how the way that local government works and delivers services might change in response to local conditions.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

Revisiting municipalisation

This essay is part of our post-covid councils work looking at the future of local government. Here Janet Sillett offers a vision of a council choosing to bring a 21st century take to the concept of municipalism.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

LGIU Scotland: End of year review 2020

2020 was LGIU Scotland’s biggest year for content yet. Here we bring you a round up of some of what we produced during the year and look at what we have planned for the coming year.

Scotland

2020 Hindsight: a year of our most impactful content

2020 was a tumultuous year for local government. It also one that clearly showed the importance of its community leadership role. We’ve had a look back through some of our most impactful work this year, providing support, looking ahead and shining a light on the work of councils and local government leaders.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

Annual Review 2020

A review of LGIU’s work in 2020.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

The future of local government

Covid-19 has exacerbated and accelerated a period of huge disruption across many parts of the globe. Dr Andy Johnston looks at the implications of this disruption for local government and examines potential future scenarios for the future of the sector.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland