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Principles for Local Government Legislation

Lessons from the Commonwealth Pacific

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Across the Pacific local councils take a variety of different forms, ranging from traditional village structures to fullyfledged municipalities. Whatever form local government takes, an appropriate legislative and regulatory framework is essential to ensure that councils can effectively address the needs of their communities.



This study is designed to help Pacific island countries review and strengthen their existing frameworks. It begins by examining legislation and systems across a range of countries and institutional settings, identifying examples of best practice and areas for improvement. It then presents case studies of three very different legislative frameworks: Fiji, Solomon Islands and Samoa. In the conclusion, the findings are consolidated into ten key principles for effective legislation: fit for purpose; democracy and representation; local empowerment; probity; oversight and support; capacity and sustainability; efficiency, effectiveness and equity; community engagement; intergovernment cooperation; clarity and consistency.



This is an authoritative piece of research that will be extremely valuable to local government practitioners in the Pacific and beyond.

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Preface

This report summarises research undertaken over the period May 2007 to late 2009, updated through some further work and discussions during 2010 and again in early 2012. With the exception of Samoa, it does not cover developments since the beginning of 2011.

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