Personal Services March 9, 2005

Natalie Tarry, Researcher, NLGN It is time to recognise that we can no longer avoid offering personalised and tailored services. ‘One-size-fits-all’ is widely recognised as a failure. Outcomes have certainly never been universal. Choice and personalisation are the new policy mantras and many hype these concepts as the panacea for all problems besetting public […]

No need to be afraid March 7, 2005

Emily Robinson, Researcher, NLGN The Regional Monitor There is something very off-putting about the concept of multi-level governance. Complexity can lead to a loss of accountability, transparency and control. If powers and responsibilities are divided between neighbourhood, local, sub-regional, regional, supra-regional and national tiers of government, then who can citizens depend on to solve their […]

Super-sizing the cities March 4, 2005

Gerry Stoker, NLGN Trustee & University of Manchester Public Finance The basic problem with the local government system in England is that not enough of us really care about what it does. The truth for most voters, most of the time, is that there is not much to care about. In absence of anything else […]

Getting the best out of partnerships March 1, 2005

Stephen Reeve, University of Brighton and Warren Hatter, Head of Research, NLGN Public Service Director Senior executives and operational managers are having to think more deeply about the dynamics of partnership as the public service economy moves toward a variety of partnering models. While aspects of the debate have been fuelled by deep-rooted principles for […]

Beyond Contract March 1, 2005

Warren Hatter, Head of Research, NLGN and Stephen Reeve, University of Brighton Local Government News Warren Hatter and Stephen Reeve argue that recent research reveals that a new type of manager has crept up on us unawares, along with the need to understand them and develop their specialist skills. Over the past few years at […]

Local-Regional Partnerships: Lessons for the Next Generation December 15, 2004

Partnership working has long been the mainstay of local authority delivery. Effective relations with Regional Development Associations (RDAs) are particularly important to enable two-way communication and collaboration. Councils need to ensure that local needs and aspirations are understood and supported at the regional level, and that local strategies are contributing to the bigger economic picture. […]