Local Government Research

Transforming Local Government

This report focuses on innovation in local government. Good practice examples of innovative practices, both from Ireland and abroad, are examined and lessons learned as to how to encourage an innovation culture within local government.

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Report No. 4: The changing structure of Irish sub-national governance

Irish government at all levels is currently undergoing arguably its most intensive period of reorganisation and realignment since independence. The future shape and role of local government has been the focus of recent media consideration, but less emphasis has been given to the current and proposed developments affecting nonelected local and regional public bodies.

In this paper, building on a survey of local and regional bodies in Ireland published by the Institute of Public Administration in 2007, the current landscape of Irish sub-national governance is considered, and a number of issues pertinent to the reform agenda are raised.

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Review of International Local Government Efficiency Reforms

This paper presents a brief overview of reforms undertaken in several jurisdictions designed to improve the efficiency of local government services. In any comparative review, one must consider the distinctive nature of each country’s institutional environment. Local government in different countries have different structures, population sizes, decision-making structures, provide a different range of services, and operate under distinctive financing systems.

Nevertheless, parallels and comparisons can be drawn, and appropriate lessons can be learned from the experience abroad.

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