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.
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.
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“
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.
Are Victorian Councils empowered to live up to the community engagement ideals in the reformed Local Government Act?
In this think piece, SGS Economics and Planning’s Dr Marcus Spiller ponders the requirements of the new Victorian Local Government Act 2020 and local government’s ability to participate in truly deliberative engagement with their communities.
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.
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.
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.
When it comes to levelling up and devolution, the Prime Minister is hamstrung, as many others before him, because he can’t or won’t accept that central, not local, government is the problem.