Democracy, devolution and governance

Making sure that citizens have a voice through strong and vibrant local institutions.


Community wealth building in North Ayrshire

Earlier this year, North Ayrshire Council launched its Community Wealth Building Strategy, becoming the first Council in Scotland to adopt this bold and radical economic approach. Councillor Joe Cullinane, Leader of North Ayrshire Council, tells us how it works and how he hopes it can make a difference to communities.

Global, Scotland Blog Post Blog

Neighbourhood engagement: how local government can effectively deliver participation

Despite legislated participatory measures enacted to enable decentralised government, neighbourhood issues are not always addressed. We focus here on the South African experience of community engagement and participation, but many of the concerns are common to other countries, including the UK.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Cities with a future?

Davin Minton, Director of NWRA, sets out a roadmap for transforming Ireland’s Northern & Western regions.

Ireland Blog Post Blog

Programme for Government Special

On Sunday 14 June 2020 negotiating teams from Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens reached agreement on a Programme for Government. Ciarán Doherty, LGIU Associate, outlines the agreement reached on the Programme for Government.

Ireland Briefing

Permission to shop – how’s it going?

Janet Sillett, Head of Briefings LGIU, writes on the critical role of local government in managing the response to Covid-19 as lockdown measures are relaxed further, and asks whether councils have been given the powers and finance to fulfil that role effectively.

England & Wales Blog Post Blog

Evolving democratic deliberation for today’s diverse societies

This briefing discusses the need for democratic practices such as deliberation to evolve for today’s diverse societies. It argues that greater involvement through deliberation is not enough, but ‘inclusive involvement’ should be the goal. It is especially topical given the current complex debate over BLM.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing

In Conversation with… John Alexander, Leader of Dundee Council

Kim Fellows speaks from LGIU speaks to John Alexander, Leader of Dundee City Council for the last three years and a councillor in Dundee for five years previously. John Alexander was named Leader of the Year last year at the LGiU Scotland & CCLA Councillor Awards.

Scotland Blog Post Blog

The importance of place-shaping

Patrick Diamond, Associate Professor of Public Policy at Queen Mary, writes on the importance of ‘place’ in local governance and looks at the four key drivers of place as an approach to English policy-making.

England & Wales Blog Post Blog