Why place?

September 20, 2017

Prevention, performance, participation, partnership; the four pillars of the Christie Commission are now well-known. But what about ‘place’?

What is the Future of Scottish Public Sector?

September 8, 2017

Following an event on the future of local governance in Scotland, Kim Fellows, James Mitchell and Hannah Muirhead summarise some of the ideas that emerged…

A Day in the Life: COSLA Chief Executive

August 30, 2017

In the latest instalment in our Day In The Life series, Sally Loudon, Chief Executive at COSLA, takes us through the ins and outs of…


Local Government in Belgium: decentralisation in progress

September 21, 2017

This briefing is one of a series looking at local government across the world. It outlines the structure and duties of the various levels of government and looks at the impact Belgium’s change from a unitary to a federal state 40 years has had on its local democracy.

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Reflections from the Frontline

August 17, 2017

Johanna Boyd reflects on her time spent as leader of Stirling Council and shares her insights into what makes a successful councillor.

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