A closer look at the recent local elections can help to shine a light on the future of the "Northern Powerhouse" and its impact on local democracy in the North of England.
Governance of metropolitan Melbourne is fragmented among 31 city councils. All levels of government need to work towards creating a metropolitan authority to meet the challenges of a growing city.
The Turnbull government sees the 'City Deal' as a way for 'smart cities' to drive innovation and growth. But what is the value proposition behind this UK concept and how might it work in Australia?
The role both state and federal governments play in Australia’s urban regions is often incompatible with effective metropolitan governance.
If local councils are bigger and councillors represent more residents, it is important that they focus on understanding their communities’ needs and aspirations, rather than on day-to-day operations.
If forced amalgamations proceed, we may well see hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer and ratepayer funds squandered simply because policymakers preferred dogma to empirical evidence.
Cutting the bloated public service wage bill, as the finance minister is doing, is critically important economically. But it is sure to be unpopular with the governing ANC's powerful labour allies.
What do U.S. mayors worry about? A recent survey finds that aging infrastructure is a top concern – and many mayors say state and federal agencies hinder their efforts instead of helping.
Not only is council tax on the rise, it's completely out of touch with reality.
With South African local government elections coming up later in 2016, Jacob Zuma and his governing ANC must ensure that citizens still look to them as a party of hope.
The state takeover and fiscal crisis in Flint hamstrung city managers, making it hard to provide basic services like water.
The system of oversight of England's academy schools has been criticised by MPs.
It was the poor state of local government that kicked off Tunisia's revolution – and now the country is fixing itself where it counts.
Successive governments have promised to give more power to local councils but so far all have fallen short on delivery.
Wherever governments have merged local councils, they have faced a political backlash. New South Wales is no exception and, nearly four years into the process, many challenges lie ahead.
Britain's shrinking state means local services are increasingly being put into private hands.
Defence wins, NHS survives and local government faces massive regional inequalities.
The plan is to devolve powers from Whitehall, giving local authorities more freedom and flexibility in the way they collect and spend money in their areas - but will it work?
The way we raise tax for local councils is unfair and unfeasible - our expert takes a look at the alternatives.
When welfare budgets get cut, layers of help and guidance are slowly stripped away from the most vulnerable.