Those opposed to forced municipal mergers have reason to be sceptical of NSW Premier Mike Baird’s promises that it will improve councils’ performance.
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.
An upbeat Pravin Gordhan, South Africa’s finance minister (left) arrives to deliver his 2016 budget address to parliament in Cape Town.
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.
Mayor R.T. Rybak surveys the 2007 Interstate 35 bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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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.
President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address didn’t suggest any real urgency or energy.
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.
Gateway to downtown Flint, Michigan.
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The state takeover and fiscal crisis in Flint hamstrung city managers, making it hard to provide basic services like water.
Building a bridge to…?
The system of oversight of England's academy schools has been criticised by MPs.
Tunisia has come a long way.
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.
Almost four years since the process of restructuring local government began, the Baird government faces many challenges in finalising its plans.
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.
Cuts to councils continue where they left off from the last parliament.
Britain's shrinking state means local services are increasingly being put into private hands.
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Defence wins, NHS survives and local government faces massive regional inequalities.
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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.
There when you need it most. But safety nets are under threat.
When welfare budgets get cut, layers of help and guidance are slowly stripped away from the most vulnerable.
The study found most residents have positive attitudes toward local government.
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A new study of more than 2000 Australians has found we care deeply about local councils, and overwhelmingly want governments -- not private contractors -- to deliver local services.
West Ham: higher score.
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How Premier League teams would be arranged if table was according to their area's health.
Clue: not London.
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DevoManc will see £6 billion devolved to Greater Manchester for the NHS, and
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Party membership has long been declining across the political spectrum, but it's hitting the Lib Dems hardest.
Lining up to take stock at the election approaches.
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The thorny issue of what democracy is, what it’s not and whether it is an appropriate system for government has been at the top of the agenda at the start of 2015. At the same time, we are in the lead-up…