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Local elections recap

May 18, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

Local elections coverage and analysis. [View the story “The Other Election: local elections 2015″ on Storify]


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Local elections: digital scorecard

May 15, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

It seems to me like we’ve been promised each year for a while that this election will be the social media election. I think it may have finally arrived. And if we didn’t notice it, it’s because social media is now so commonplace that we hardly notice. Even the Electoral…


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#le2015 live blog: help us cover the other election

April 28, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

Live Blog LE2015 – The Other Election   Live results map While the pundits are busy covering the general election, we’re getting excited about the other election. So much so, that we’re live blogging the run up to the voting and the counting. We’re covering the local elections with the…


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Behaviour change: policy in practice briefing

December 1, 2014

This briefing reviews the development of behavioural science and behaviour change in public policy. It highlights the work of the Cabinet Office ‘Nudge Unit’ and the Government’s continued commitment to the approach. The briefing aims to stimulate debate within individual councils and departments around the potential for behavioural science-inspired techniques…


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Beyond Metrocentralisation

October 23, 2014 by Andrew Walker

This week the RSA published “Unleashing Metro Growth: Final Recommendations of the City Growth Commission”. The report calls for the “reconfiguration of our political economy, with city regions at its heart”. It argues that we need a shift in decision-making powers from the centre to the metropolitan areas, with greater…


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Party conference roundup

October 14, 2014 by Janet Sillett

The devolution question following the Scottish referendum was debated widely at each conference, particularly in the fringes, and the fallout from the Scottish referendum for local areas is still a hot topic among localists and some political commentators.


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Localism in a hung parliament

October 10, 2014 by Andrew Walker

A hung parliament next May is looking like a very likely prospect. But while coalition negotiations leave everything hanging in the balance, the practice of governing where it really counts will carry on. 135 days after their last national election a new coalition government has been formed in Belgium. This…


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A White Paper on Social Media in Local Government

September 30, 2013

A White Paper on Social Media in Local Government considers what holds back senior council managers and staff from using social media more extensively, and looks at how West Midlands councils have used them to connect with the public, and “open up traditional public sector silos”.


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