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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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Toward a System of Municipal Finance for Twenty-first Century India

This chapter is set in the context of two major initiatives to strengthen local government in India: the 74th Constitution Amendment Act 1992, part of an overall decentralisation strategy which aims at empowering municipalities; and the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), a central government initiative designed to impart greater efficiency and transparency in the functioning of urban local governments. The two initiatives mark a step forward for municipalities to meet the contemporary challenges of growth, urbanisation and improved service delivery. Positioned in this context, the chapter

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