The important developmental role that intermediate city municipalities can play in creating employment and stimulating growth suggests they should be prioritised.
The practice of using electricity revenue surpluses to fund other municipal services is running out of road.
It’s not convincing to argue that the political parties would not be able to campaign as they have done in the past.
People can die when the federal government doesn’t work well with state and local governments – the COVID-19 crisis showed that. But the Biden administration has signaled an openness to collaboration.
The decision to create new administrative units is grounded in split opinions
The collapse of local government in small towns is beginning to affect investment in farming, and the ability of agribusinesses to operate.
The problem in municipalities is not that the wrong people are being chosen. It is that the wrong people are doing the choosing – not only of candidates but of what they do if elected.
New Zealanders pay the costs of poor environmental and infrastructural governance, but have little opportunity to influence policy in the first place. Here’s how that could change.
The agency will ensure that large water users such as municipalities, public utilities and large companies continue to fund the construction and operation of the large water systems they depend on.
If communities don’t understand and support local heritage protections, perhaps that’s a reflection on how the system works and not just evidence of a need for public education.
South Africa needs a way to incorporate active citizens within the prevailing constitutional and legal structures, so as to strengthen all levels of government.
The struggle to establish Māori wards centres on the rights and privileges of citizenship promised in the Treaty of Waitangi.
The built environment plays a pivotal role in lowering residents’ exposure to climate change driven risks.
The challenge for the deepening of South Africa’s democracy is that the very existence of vanguardism prevents the realisation of empowered citizens.
State and local government jobs are being axed, public schools won’t get money the state planned to send them, and fire and police departments budgets are being slashed. All because of the pandemic.
The stalemate in Tshwane is a manifestation of coalition arrangements that serve the partisan interests of parties, to the detriment of citizens.
Digital communications could be a force for greater local democracy in urban planning and development, but many councils use the technologies in ways that mirror traditional consultation.
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, regional Australia needs local government to emulate the example of the local councils that brought prosperity to North Queensland after the second world war.
The business of metropolitan planning is not the natural game of state governments. The Victorian government tries but cannot manage metropolitan Melbourne.
Federal authorities have input, but states reign supreme – unless they decide to let local governments make the call.