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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”.


Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration

September 26, 2013

* The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill introduces a register of lobbyists, limits election campaign spending by third parties and regulates trade union membership * This briefing summarises the Bill’s key provisions, its critics’ main concerns and its progress through Parliament. * The Bill has…


Preparing the public for individual electoral registration

August 7, 2013

In recent weeks Electoral Registration Officers have been overwhelmed with regulations, guidance and advice in the lead-up to Individual Voter Registration. This briefing concentrates on preparing the public for the change. It is intended to familiarise elected members, and officers with corporate community and communications responsibilities, with the broad framework.


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Connected Localism

June 19, 2013 by Jonathan Carr-West

Connected Localism, a new collection of essays published by LGiU today argues for radical public service transformation through networks of local innovation.


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