Publications

Our challenging and influential publications stem from our research and development projects and other collaborations.

All the publications are available to download as PDFs. If you are looking for a particular subject then you can use the search box or browse by category.

Highlights from our spring/early summer programme at a glance.

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Start of the possible

This report investigates for the first time the attitudes and perceptions of local elected representatives towards digital technology, governance and leadership in their authorities.


Paying for it: the human cost of cut-price care

Care is being purchased across England at prices that are simply not economically sustainable. In Paying for It, we look at the human side of a care market on the brink of failure with stories from across the care system. And we look at why…



2017 State of Local Government Finance survey

The LGiU and MJ jointly conducted the 2017 State of Local Government Finance survey from 5 January – 26 January 2017 and received 163 responses. Responses were collected from Chief Executives, Council Leaders, Directors of Finance and Cabinet Members for Finance across 131 Councils in England and Wales. The LGiU…


Councillors’ attitudes to the planning system

A survey of over 1,200 ward councillors in England, carried out by the Local Government Information Unit, and commissioned by the National Trust, reveals councillors’ view that the planning system works in the interests of developers over councils and local communities.


Telling stories: reality, fiction and local government

How has local government been represented in fiction through different periods? What stories does it tell us and does the fictional portrayal of councils and councillors reflect the reality of this world (and should it) and critically does fiction itself influence that reality? Janet Sillett…


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