The current government has been keen to centralise but has seen the value of local support during the pandemic.
England is voting for metro mayors and councils on May 6 at a crucial time for local decision-making.
There needs to be fair and equal voting rights for young people in England and Northern Ireland.
There are good reasons to call off a vote during a pandemic – but other good reasons to push ahead.
The idea that a small payment could motivate more people to vote resurfaces regularly, but this ignores evidence that monetary incentives to induce pro-social behaviour can be counterproductive.
Do the local election results reflect local realities?
Parish council elections are a vital part of democracy – so why are people put off getting involved?
Democracies survive if political norms and traditions are upheld. So the recent actions of GOP legislators in Wisconsin and other states to hamstring incoming Democrats put democracy at risk.
The mayor of Tallahassee underspent three rivals to win the state's Democratic primary. But what awaits in the general election?
She lurches from crisis to crisis but the prime minister remains in post. How does she do it?
Voting is all over the place in 2018. But Labour is the party with most to think about after this result.
London remains incredibly dominant over the UK regions in terms of financial and legislative decision-making.
Councils decide important matters, so it's worth turning out to vote in local elections on May 3.
A pilot requiring some voters to show ID in May's local elections could be the next blow for the Windrush generation.
Everything you need to know about the recent local and mayoral elections.
Credit ratings have an impact on government, as well as ordinary people. This article was first published last year as South Africa faced a possible downgrade.
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.
Here's what you need to know before you cast your vote in the elections for local police crime commissioners.
Local elections are taking place across 124 councils in England and will probably have a big impact on the day-to-day issues that most people care about.
May 2016 sees contests for the position of elected mayor in four major cities across England.