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Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance

The Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance is a peer-reviewed e-journal that aims to strengthen the research voice of local government in the Commonwealth by providing a forum for researchers and practitioners interested in local government ideas and practices. Its overall focus is upon improving local governance and supporting local government as an agent of development. The journal brings together perspectives of researchers and local government practitioners to disseminate information, ideas and good practice across the Commonwealth and is edited by Prof Alison Brown, Cardiff University and published by UTS Publishing on behalf CLGF.
 

The Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance was launched on 7 May 2008 by CLGF, in partnership with the University of Technology Sydney, Centre for Local Government, under the founding editorship of Prof Graham Sansom.

If you would like to submit a paper for consideration for peer review/inclusion in a future issue please see the Author guidelines for style, content and how to submit 

 

Latest Issue 20 - December 2017

RESEARCH AND EVALUATION (PEER REVIEWED)

Fiscal decentralisation frameworks for Agenda 2030: understanding key issues and crafting strategic reforms

Paul Smoke

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Women’s local government representation in Auckland – does size matter?

Karen Webster, Judy McGregor

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Rural policy, rural quangos – searching for clarity in West Dorset, south west England

Gordon Morris

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Governing authorities in the same boat and a tale of two schedules: Marius Nel v Hessequa Local Municipality (2015)

Anél du Plessis, Oliver Fuo

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Alternative approaches to community participation beyond formal structures: evidence from Langa within the municipality of Cape Town

Adam Andani

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The consequences of path dependency on funding for infill development in Victoria, Australia

Emily Killin, Alan March

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Democratisation of local government planning in Bangladesh 

Shuvra Chowdhury

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PRACTICE

Who is responsible? Local government and accountability for service delivery in Kenya’s devolved health sector

Kenneth Okwaroh Ochieng

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Intergovernmental planning and budgeting in Zimbabwe: learning the lessons of the past

Tinashe C Chigwata, Sylvester Marumahoko

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BOOK REVIEW

Review: Directly Elected Mayors in Urban Governance: Impact and Practice edited by David Sweeting

Andrew Walker

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Review: Local Government in England: Centralisation, Autonomy and Control by Colin Corpus, Mark Roberts, Rachel Wall

Jonathan Carr-West

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Previous Issue 19 - December 2016

In this issue:

Editorial by Alison Brown, University of Cardiff
 

Research and evaluation

Successful, safe and sustainable cities: towards a New Urban Agenda

David Satterthwaite

 

Mind the gap: Australian local government reform and councillors’ understandings of their roles 

Su Fei Tan, Alan Morris, Bligh Grant

 

Australian local governments and the early national broadband network roll-out: an online survey 

Tooran Alizadeh, Heather Shearer

 

Assignment of functions to local authorities in Lesotho 

Hoolo Nyane

 

Amalgamation of South Africa’s rural municipalities: is it a good idea?

Mkhululi Ncube, Jabulile Monnakgotla

 

Provincial–regional ANC politics in the Northern Cape: corruption or everyday informal practices? 

Thina Nzo

 

Citizen participation in urban local government: a case study of Kanaighat Paurashava in Bangladesh

Mohammad Shahjahan Chowdhury, Md Aktaruzzaman

 

Can organisation development principles in India's local governments improve governance?

Sonali Srivastava, Madhavi Rajadhyaksha

 

Practice

The Greenway social housing estate: lessons in community development

Chris Taylor, Jed Donoghue

 

The ward sabha in Bangladesh – lessons from Kerala and West Bengal

Tofail Ahmed

 

News and reviews

 

Book review – Reclaiming Local Democracy: A progressive future for local government

Gordon Morris

 

Book review – Cities and Agriculture 

Aloysius Clemence Mosha

 

Previous issue
Issue 18 - December 2015

In this issue:

Editorial by Alison Brown, University of Cardiff
 

Research and evaluation

Supporting local governance and local economic development – some experiences from Swaziland

Terry Parker

 

Role of courts in interpreting local government's environmental powers in South Africa

Oliver Fuo

 

Symbolic politics, legalism and implementation: the case of street vendors in India

Philip Amis

 

Urban agriculture in Botswana

Aloysius Clemence Mosha

 

Women’s leadership in local government in the Caribbean

Kizzann Lee Sam

 

Network governance and capacity of local governments to deliver LED in Uganda

Rose B Namara, Gerald Kagambirwe Karyeija, Betty C Mubangizi

 

Learning in Australian local government: A roadmap for improving education and training

Ronald Woods, Sarah Artist, Geraldine O’Connor

 

Public participation in services delivery projects in Buikwe District Local Government Uganda

Sylvester Kugonza, Robert Mukobi


Mobilising internally generated funds to finance development projects in Ghana’s Northern Region

Felix Puopiel, Musah Chimsi

 

The ‘silent pistol’ in Ghana’s local government system: presiding members vs. chief executives Issah Justice Musah-Surugu, Emmanuel Yeboah-Assiamah

 

Local government administration in Nigeria: the search for relevance

Ozohu-Suleiman Abdulhamid, Paul Chima

 

News and reviews

Book review of 'Perspectives on Australian Local Government Reform' edited by Brian Dollery and Ian Tiley 

Bligh Grant

 

Book review of 'Local Governance in Bangladesh: Policy and Strategy Framework' by Mohammad Rafiqul Islam Talukdar 

Tofail Ahmed


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