Democracy, devolution and governance

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Think big, think local: four efforts to renew local democracy

Joe Mitchell is a long-time friend of LGIU’s through several years of work on the local elections in his former role at Democracy Club. Joe is now freelance and still working on democratic renewal. We asked him to summarise some of his latest thoughts for Local Democracy Week alongside our long read on keeping elections…

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog
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Can we have healthy elections in a pandemic?

It’s European Local Democracy Week and even as we celebrate the amazing contributions elected members have had on their communities as we publish our Cllr Awards shortlist, it’s also a time to reflect on the impact Covid-19 has had on democracy and on voting and what we need to do to make sure that our…

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Publication

Central-local government relations are becoming the principal site of conflict in the politics of the pandemic

In the latest of our Post-Covid Councils framework, this time looking at the location of power, Joseph Ward, Doctoral Researcher in POLSIS at the University of Birmingham, outlines how dealing with Covid-19 and the implementation of local lockdowns has shifted power in the central-local government relationship and how local and regional governments might intervene on…

England & Wales Blog Post Blog

A budget of hope and confidence…?

In the following briefing, Dr. Seán Ó’Riordáin provides an overview of the budget with a particular focus on local government and issues of concern to the local authorities in Ireland. The briefing has this focus as invariably big-ticket spending such as Education and Health unsurprisingly will be the focus of the national media. Nonetheless, there…

Ireland Briefing

Oireachtas review: September 2020

September saw the Government launch its ‘Living with Covid’ Plan and by early October had put all counties on Level 3 restrictions.  This briefing provides an overview of Oireachtas activity in September which was largely Covid-19 focused, including the Criminal Justice (Enforcement Powers) (Covid-19) Act 2020, Dying with Dignity Bill, Sick Leave and Parental Leave…

Ireland Briefing

Event: Discussion on the Devolution White Paper and the location of power

With all the discussion across local government about the upcoming Devolution and Recovery White Paper, it is important that we develop a clearer idea of the balance of power across the country and between places. All too often this is a debate shaped by the interests and concerns of central government. In a new paper,…

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Event

Innovation in local government: building local resilience in a time of pandemic

The following briefing draws upon this recent research and highlights that even in as restricted a local government environment as that in Ireland, local authorities can and do play a fundamental role in engaging with communities through the Covid-19 pandemic, providing vital reassurance and leadership.

Global, Ireland Briefing