Mancur Olson laid out some important and logical approaches to collective action that can help improve the likelihood of a successful collective action effort. This briefing outlines key aspects of Olson’s work, and how they may be applied in community development situations in Scotland.
Recent contributors include:
- George Black CBE, Visiting Professor at the International Public Policy Institute of the University of Strathclyde, and former Chief Executive of Glasgow City Council
- Professor John H. McKendrick, Glasgow School for Business and Society
- James Mitchell, Director of Academy of Government, Edinburgh University
- Paul Cairney, Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the University of Stirling and fellow of the Centre on Constitutional Change
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This briefing provides an overview of local government in New Zealand and then focuses on New Zealand local government’s rating and borrowing powers and accountability regime , as these are judged likeliest to be of interest for local government in other jurisdictions.
The Office for Civil Society defines social action as people coming together to improve their lives and solve problems in their communities. They believe that when the public sector works with communities, social action can become a powerful way of meeting people’s needs.
This briefing describes the changes to how IR35 are being applied from April 6 2017 in relation to public authorities. It describes the Government’s rationale for the changes, and some of the issues/objections which have been raised by various local government umbrella organisations/Interest groups.
A Stepping Stone to Something More? A Comparative Analysis of Local Government Candidacy and Multi-level Institutional Factors in Canada, Scotland and Ireland
This briefing will assess if the perception of municipalities in Canada differs from that of their local authority counterparts in Scotland and Ireland, and if institutional factors play a role in this regard.
This briefing aims to explore some of the less mainstream services facing the squeeze, and identify what could be done to help mitigate the impact of the worst of the cuts.
Inclusive growth is defined as “Broad-based growth that enables the widest range of people and places to both contribute to and benefit from economic success. Its purpose is to achieve more prosperity alongside greater equity in opportunities and outcomes”
Participation requests are one of the new elements of community participation and consultation introduced in the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. This briefing summarises the introduction of participation requests, a new right of community bodies seeking to influence outcomes in their areas of interest.
This briefing looks at some of the issues which will have to be addressed by councillors and officers as Councils get fully up and running - from the making of political appointments, to training of members, delivery of manifesto commitments, and review of budget plans.
This briefing covers the net gains and losses across the UK, by political party. We look in more detail at the results across Scotland, England and Wales, including turnout, vote share and rejected ballots in Scotland. Finally, we cover the results of the mayoral elections for combined authority areas in England.…