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New Century Local Government

Commonwealth Perspectives

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Democratic decentralisation through ‘conventional’ institutions of local government is facing increasing challenges, whether from financial pressures, questions of representativeness, difficult central-local relations and from a perhaps growing belief that local government has failed to realise its potential and there may be better ways of achieving societal goals. It is clear there is need to contemplate quite radical change to ensure local government becomes or remains ‘fit for purpose’.



This collection of papers illustrates the way in which the role of local government is evolving in different parts of the Commonwealth and provides practical examples of new local government at work. It showcases emerging practice, and highlights success stories from new ways of working and challenges confronting local government in both developed and developing countries.



New Century Local Government makes a very valuable contribution to helping understand the changing role of local government, and will ensure that practitioners are up-to-date with the most innovative initiatives in local government planning and administration.

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The Role of Local Authority Companies: Lessons from New Zealand

This chapter explores the potential for greater use of local authority-owned companies and other council-controlled, arm’s-length entities to manage local government assets and services. It looks at the opportunities, risks and implications for accountability and local democracy, with an emphasis on arrangements for post-incorporation governance. These are considered not just from the conventional perspective of good corporate governance including risk management, but also in terms of how they can contribute to strengthening local democracy and community participation in decision-making.

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