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Blog: Combined Authorities – Why Birmingham doesn't have a city region like Leeds

Blog: Combined Authorities – Why Birmingham doesn't have a city region like Leeds
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Written by Chris Game. "Cornwall leapfrogs West Midlands in devolution race" was the headline over one report of the Government's recent devolution deal with Cornwall Council, giving the county greater control over adult skills spending and regional investment, and, with the Isles of Scilly, the prospect of integrating health and social care services.
Date:
Friday 24th July 2015

Blog: Is a 120-member council really too big?

Blog: Is a 120-member council really too big?
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Written by Chris Game. "This blog's main purpose is to place somewhere in the public domain some basic electoral data on council size. Basic, but not normally presented in a form that I've sometimes wanted for illustrative purposes. I'm hoping, therefore, there may be others who'll find the data of at least passing interest, so here goes."
Date:
Thursday 16th July 2015

Blog: Do 'sticky' institutions always survive? The demise of the Audit Commission

Blog: Do 'sticky' institutions always survive? The demise of the Audit Commission
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Written by Katherine Tonkiss. "The Audit Commission played a central role in the audit, inspection, performance improvement and regulation of local authorities (and other public service providers) in England for over thirty years. Operating at arm's length from government, it thrived under the efficiency and performance improvement agendas of successive Conservative and Labour governments, growing into a large and powerful public body."
Date:
Wednesday 24th June 2015

Blog: Recall – right for councillors, right for mayors

Blog: Recall – right for councillors, right for mayors
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Written by Chris Game. "The topical, and certainly most agreeable, purpose of this blog is to applaud the appointment of illustrator, cartoonist and writer, Chris Riddell, as the ninth Children's Laureate. The enviably talented Riddell has been The Observer's political cartoonist for 20 years and is also a writer and multi-award-winning illustrator of children's books. But before any of that fame and fortune, he generously provided easily the most eye-catching half-page in an INLOGOV undergraduate degree recruitment brochure.
Date:
Friday 12th June 2015

Blog: Metro mayors: this time at least feels different from 2012

Blog: Metro mayors: this time at least feels different from 2012
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Written by Chris Game. "Despite what service users doubtless feel on occasions, things can move quite fast in local government."
Date:
Friday 5th June 2015

400 heads are better than one: Tales from a public management conference

400 heads are better than one: Tales from a public management conference
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Written by Sue Olney. In this post, Sue Olney (@olney_sue) gives us an overview of the International Research Society of Public Management Conference (IRSPM) hosted by INLOGOV, and provides some highlights as well as links to interesting sessions.
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Friday 29th May 2015

Blog: A new typology of local government systems

Blog: A new typology of local government systems
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Written by Pawel Swianiewicz. "Typologies of the European systems of local government are important and frequent point of reference for many scholars. But the trouble for scholars from my part of Europe is that the most popular classifications concentrate on Western part of the continent, totally disregarding the post-communist Central and Eastern Europe."
Date:
Friday 22nd May 2015

Blog: A day for devolution

Blog: A day for devolution
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Written by Daniel Goodwin. "The Cities Devolution Bill, with careful attention to principle as well as expediency and in the context of wider constitutional renewal, could just be the way to start to make that happen and help to address the wider devolution challenges which the UK faces following the General Election".
Date:
Friday 15th May 2015

Blog: The emergence of city regions

Blog: The emergence of city regions
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Written by Jon Bloomfield. The structures of sub-national government in the UK are about to undergo major change not just in Scotland but across the major conurbations. As George Osborne has said "In a modern, knowledge-based economy city size matters like never before."
Date:
Thursday 14th May 2015

Blog: The other 1215 Charter: 800 years of elected mayors

Blog: The other 1215 Charter: 800 years of elected mayors
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Written by Chris Game. "You'd not have known it from the national media, either before Election Day or since, but the 650 parliamentary contests weren't the only ones taking place in the UK last Thursday. It was the year in local government's four-year election cycle that almost all English district and unitary councils – 279 of 293 – had elections, and there were votes too for six mayors, for many parish and town councils, plus the odd local referendum."
Date:
Tuesday 12th May 2015

The forgotten local elections – Conservatives defy predictions in council votes too

The forgotten local elections – Conservatives defy predictions in council votes too
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Written by Chris Game, Honorary Senior Lecturer, INLOGOV. Gains for the Tories and obliteration for the Lib Dems as councils are selected — sound familiar?
Date:
Tuesday 12th May 2015

Blog: The other 1215 Charter: 800 years of elected mayors

Blog: The other 1215 Charter: 800 years of elected mayors
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Written by Chris Game. "The LGA's Magna Carta web pages have recently featured a delightful homophone – sounds the same as another word, but different spelling and meaning. Among this summer's many MC commemorative events will reportedly be "a programme of inciteful lectures and talks" (my emphasis)."
Date:
Thursday 7th May 2015

Blog: A marriage made in heaven?

Blog: A marriage made in heaven?
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Written by Catherine Staite, Director of INLOGOV. The ESRC, LGA and SOLACE have created a new role – that of Research Facilitator for local government – with the aim of supporting strong and productive relationships between researchers, policy makers and practitioners. I'm very pleased to take on that role, with the active support of the INLOGOV team of academics and expert practitioners.
Date:
Thursday 7th May 2015

DevoManc: a shrewd political move that keeps Treasury control without the responsibility

DevoManc: a shrewd political move that keeps Treasury control without the responsibility
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Written by Max Lempriere and Sam Warner, PhD Researchers in Political Science. Signed by the chancellor, George Osborne, and the leaders of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), the latest twist in the DevoManc agenda was the unique agreement that purported to grant residents "more control over the decisions that affect their lives". Yet closer inspection suggests a more nuanced picture.
Date:
Thursday 7th May 2015

Blog: Preparing future leaders: The Total Leadership Programme

Blog: Preparing future leaders: The Total Leadership Programme
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Written by Daniel Goodwin – Senior Associate Fellow. The Total Leadership Programme is an exciting new venture which is designed to help senior local government managers prepare themselves for a chief executive role. It's a partnership between INLOGOV and SOLACE, which fills a serious gap in provision nationally. It is open not only to directors in councils but also to people at a similar level within private sector firms who work in the public sector and who might be considering such a move too.
Date:
Thursday 7th May 2015

Pollsters v bookies: who's on the money in election 2015?

Pollsters v bookies: who's on the money in election 2015?
Description
Written by Chris Game, Honorary Senior Lecturer, INLOGOV. "Polls Apart!" used to be the cliché newspaper headline whenever two opinion polls about an impending election reported fractionally differing findings. For the 2015 election, they're rapidly running out of puns. The sense of frustration is palpable. Those polls keep coming, and none gives a clear idea of who will win.
Date:
Friday 1st May 2015

Why the zero-carbon homes policy hasn't gone to plan

Why the zero-carbon homes policy hasn't gone to plan
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Written by Max Lempriere, PhD Researcher in Political Science. One of the UK's flagship sustainability policies is in big trouble. Less than a year from now, the theory goes, all new homes will be "zero-carbon". The reality is rather different. Economic meltdown, a housing crisis, pressure from developers and poorly designed legislation have all combined to leave the country way behind schedule.
Date:
Friday 24th April 2015

Blog: Make elections work for you: check the polls, but follow the money

Blog: Make elections work for you: check the polls, but follow the money
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Written by Chris Game. "Spoiler alert: this is a blog about elections, but not local elections – mainly because it's about election betting, and, with one conspicuous exception, which will be mentioned, our modern-day local election contests and candidates are rarely of sufficiently general interest to attract much serious fixed odds betting."
Date:
Friday 24th April 2015

Why the British election should be more like a student ballot

Why the British election should be more like a student ballot
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Written by Chris Game, Honorary Senior Lecturer, INLOGOV. Wednesday April 15 is Democracy Day. It's the start of the final coordinated push before the 2015 voter registration deadline on April 20. It was organised, like February's National Voter Registration Day, by Bite the Ballot, a not-for-profit community movement that aims to encourage young people in particular to reject Russell Brand's baleful "stop voting" gospel and make their votes count.
Date:
Monday 20th April 2015

Blog: Council Tax Support – anatomy of a Pickles' localism triumph

Blog: Council Tax Support – anatomy of a Pickles' localism triumph
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Written by Chris Game. Shortly before the dissolution of Parliament, Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles issued an apparently self-penned eulogy of his ministerial record, entitled on the Government's own website, in characteristic, cod Churchillian, style: Local Government: Delivering for England. It makes an interesting document, as would be hoped of one requiring two separate links.
Date:
Friday 10th April 2015
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