Democracy, devolution and governance

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


Podcast: Indigenous communities and local government

An amazing interview with City of Winnipeg Cllr Sherri Rollins about the importance of representation and how we all need to think like bosses for better democracy. Plus find out about the dirty tricks used to stop Chief Thunderwater’s local government reform mission.

Global Podcast Blog

Oireachtas report: July 2021

This briefing offers an overview of Oireachtas activity prior to the summer break, along with the key events and policies of the last month. It also covers the recent controversy surrounding the appointment of former Minister Katherine Zappone.

Ireland Briefing

Parliamentary update

This briefing is the fourth in a regular series of updates on new UK parliamentary legislation of interest to local government.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

A new voice and respect for local government

In this opinion piece, Dr Marcus Spiller (PIA Life Fellow and Principal at SGS Economics & Planning) provides comments on the recent LGiU Australia briefing on the “opportunities for local government to catalyse inclusive and sustainable economic transitions“

Australia Briefing

Creating more effective policy through a greater awareness of behavioural economics

Public policy should be simple to understand and follow, but that doesn’t mean that it is easy to get right.This briefing introduces the reader to the basic concepts of behavioural science, their relevance to public policy, and why policy designers need to be thinking about these concepts to be successful.

Australia Briefing

If we want diversity, we need to pay for it

LGIU Associate Guy Ingerson argues that to ensure local government is representative of all communities, we need a rise in councillor salaries in order to create financially viable positions that can be taken on by anyone.

Scotland Blog Post Blog
Members & Followers

Think Tank Review July 2021

This month’s Think Tank Review focuses on sustainability, recovery and ‘building back’ – with highlights from new thinking and research on housing, social care and local government finance.

Australia, England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Good governance – why it matters to us all, now more than ever

This briefing sets out: why good governance has always been important, why it is more important than ever as we recover and renew public services post-pandemic, what can happen when governance goes badly wrong, and some views on what good governance might look like in an increasingly uncertain world.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing