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Interested in contributing to the INLOGOV Blog?
Do you have insight into the workings of local government you’d love to share? Maybe you’ve just completed some research on local government or you work for a local government and want to offer a perspective you think others might find interesting. Maybe you want to respond to something you’ve read on this blog. We’re … Continue reading Interested in contributing to the INLOGOV Blog?

Governance and accountability: from dull subject to hot topic
Catherine Staite Accountability is the lifeblood of good governance.  Good leaders understand that they are responsible for the well-being of others, that they need to explain their actions, really listen to those on whom those actions have an impact and act swiftly to put things right if they go wrong.  They know that the higher … Continue reading Governance and accountability: from dull subject to hot topic

What’s it like studying at INLOGOV?
Drs. Max Lempriere, Abena Dadze-Arthur and Karin Bottom It is perhaps a little cliché to say that there’s never been a better time to study public management, whether in the context of local government or otherwise. The fact that local government has undergone significant reform over the years – a process that shows little sign … Continue reading What’s it like studying at INLOGOV?

The Tale of Kensington’s Secret Cabinet
Philip Whiteman Last week, I wrote about the potential scope for intervention measures by the Secretary of State against Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) following their authority’s inability to provide leadership after the Grenfell Fire Disaster.  The adverse publicity surrounding the authority and its handling of the crisis should have provided a wake-up … Continue reading The Tale of Kensington’s Secret Cabinet

The challenges of being part of the local government family
Catherine Staite Local government is made up of very diverse institutions, in terms of size, tiers, geography, demography and politics. No two local authorities are the same, even those who seem similar in many ways. Each has a unique combination of history, cultures, structures, systems and relationships.  Each will have different strengths and weakness. Some … Continue reading The challenges of being part of the local government family

Grenfell Tower: Not Local Government’s Finest Hour.
Philip Whiteman The Grenfell Tower disaster has not been local government’s finest hour in terms of their apparent response to the emergency.  So, if the media reports on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) have been accurate, their behaviour clearly differs from the LGA’s statement that, “Emergency planning is a key issue for … Continue reading Grenfell Tower: Not Local Government’s Finest Hour.

How other countries deal with the horror of a hung parliament.
Chris Game In amongst all the election analysis on the Friday morning after the night before, there was a widely reported quote from Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission: “As far as the Commission is concerned, we can open Brexit negotiations tomorrow morning at half-past-nine.” My first reaction was quite defensive. While kicking someone … Continue reading How other countries deal with the horror of a hung parliament.

The Road to A Soft Brexit
Jon Bloomfield The election result has been a game changer. The electorate has turned down the Theresa May/Daily Mail offer of a hard Brexit and the threat of walking away from the negotiations with the European Union. The issue did not get the in-depth discussion during the election that it should have, but the result … Continue reading The Road to A Soft Brexit

Land Value (or Garden) Tax and the General Election – more Adam Smith than Jeremy Marx
Chris Game One consequence of Theresa May delaying until mid-April her U-turn on holding a General Election was seen almost immediately – when it was decreed too late for the General, local and mayoral elections all to take place synchronously. It could have saved money and probably doubled the local and mayoral turnouts. Which in … Continue reading Land Value (or Garden) Tax and the General Election – more Adam Smith than Jeremy Marx

The General Election – Opportunity Nottingham Considers the Complexities of Voting for Those Facing Multiple Needs
In this post Opportunity Nottingham offer a different perspective on election coverage. They talk about the importance of listening and responding to those facing multiple needs in the run up to this election. With the upcoming general election just weeks away, it is important that everyone who has the right to vote is given the … Continue reading The General Election – Opportunity Nottingham Considers the Complexities of Voting for Those Facing Multiple Needs

Mo Ibrahim Foundation Annual Governance Weekend: Marrakesh 2017
The IDD blog has moved! Our blog is now located at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/ This article is now available at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/2017/05/mo-ibrahim-foundation-annual-governance-weekend-marrakesh-2017/

Leapfrogging – Myth or Reality? Can economic growth really be decoupled from increased carbon emissions in Least Developed Countries? Ethiopia’s Story
The IDD blog has moved! Our blog is now located at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/ This article is now available at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/2017/03/leapfrogging-myth-or-reality-can-economic-growth-really-be-decoupled-from-increased-carbon-emissions-in-least-developed-countries-ethiopias-story/

Decolonizing Education: Social Movements, Research Methods and my IDD dissertation experience
The IDD blog has moved! Our blog is now located at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/ This article is now available at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/2017/02/decolonizing-education-social-movements-research-methods-and-my-idd-dissertation-experience/

Witchcraft and conflict: Exploring alternative discourses of insecurity – Introducing a new research project
The IDD blog has moved! Our blog is now located at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/ This article is now available at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/2017/01/witchcraft-and-conflict-exploring-alternative-discourses-of-insecurity-introducing-a-new-research-project/

Why Russia, Turkey and Iran are natural allies
The ceasefire in Syria brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran has opened the way to peace talks in Kazakhstan between the Syrian government and opposition. The Kazakh president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, will play peacemaker and the timing of the conference will enable participation by the new US administration. But however the US fits in, the rise of a Russian-Iranian-Turkish triumverate is a hugely significant development.

UN finally apologises for bringing cholera to Haiti – now it must match its words with funds
The IDD blog has moved! Our blog is now located at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/ This article is now available at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/2016/12/un-finally-apologises-for-bringing-cholera-to-haiti-now-it-must-match-its-words-with-funds/  

The politics of the census in consociational democracies
The IDD blog has moved! Our blog is now located at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/ This article is now available at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/2016/09/the-politics-of-the-census-in-consociational-democracies/

Taking the ‘Unintended Consequences’ of Peacekeeping Seriously – How Haiti Has the Potential to Revolutionize World Politics, Again
The IDD blog has moved! Our blog is now located at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/ This article is now available at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/2016/08/taking-the-unintended-consequences-of-peacekeeping-seriously-how-haiti-has-the-potential-to-revolutionize-world-politics-again/

Governing Coastal and Marine Resources: Learning the Challenges of Multi-level Governance
The IDD blog has moved! Our blog is now located at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/ This article is now available at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/2016/07/governing-coastal-and-marine-resources-learning-the-challenges-of-multi-level-governance/

Five years after independence, violence still stalks South Sudan
The IDD blog has moved! Our blog is now located at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/ This article is now available at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/2016/07/five-years-after-independence-violence-still-stalks-south-sudan/