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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.

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Latest Issue 25 

Editorial Graham Sansom, University of Technology Sydney

Download Issue 25 here. 

In this issue:

Research and Evaluation (peer-reviewed)

Elusive empowerment: characteristics of indirectly elected women chairpersons of district councils in Uttar Pradesh, India

Preety Choudhari, Trisha Roy, Khushboo Verma, Reena Bharti, Sonia Verma  PDF


Upward and downward accountability in local government: the decentralisation of agricultural extension services in Tanzania

Wilfred U Lameck, Rudie Hulst PDF


Participatory monitoring and evaluation in local government: a case study of Lambussie District, Ghana

Bernard Afiik Akanpabadai Akanbang, Anass Ibn Abdallah PDF


Trends in rural fiscal decentralisation in India’s Karnataka state: a focus on public health

Megha Rao, Arnab Mukherji, Hema Swaminathan PDF


Resourcing local government in Ghana: the potential of volunteering to deliver basic services

Ronald Adamtey, Clifford Amoako, Benjamin Doe PDF


Factors affecting the performance of South African municipal officials: stakeholders’ perspectives

Tyanai Masiya , Yul Derek Davids, Mary S Mangai PDF


The nexus between the traditional system of governance and the local government system in Karamoja, Uganda

Jimmy Francis Obonyo, William Muhumuza PDF


Indigenous peoples’ human rights, self-determination and local governance – Part 2

Ed Wensing  PDF




Latest Issue 24 

In this issue: 

Editorial Graham Sansom, University of Technology Sydney


Localising the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa: implementation challenges and opportunities

Eunice Annan-Aggrey, Elmond Bandauko, Godwin Arku




Organisational citizenship behaviour and service delivery in urban local governments in Uganda

Wilberforce Turyasingura, Lazarus Nabaho




Localising democracy on an uneven playing field: the roles of ward councillors in the City of Cape Town

Vinothan Naidoo




Australian local government’s contribution to good governance on major projects: increasing information, participation and deliberation

Sarah de Vries




Voting in New Zealand local government elections: the need to encourage greater voter turnout

Andy Asquith, Karen Webster, Andrew Cardow




Indigenous peoples’ human rights, self-determination and local governance – Part 1

Ed Wensing






Enhancing youth participation in local governance: an assessment of urban and rural junior councils in Zimbabwe

Paradzai Munyede, Delis Mazambani, Jakarasi Maja




Examining citizens’ trust in local government institutions: a focus on upazila parishads (sub-district councils) in Bangladesh

Niaz Ahmed Khan, Jannatul Ferdous, Md Imran Hossain Bhuiyan



Latest Issue 20 

In this issue: 

Editorial by Gareth Wall, CLGF and Gordon Morris, University of Exeter


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

Paul Smoke




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

Karen Webster, Judy McGregor




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

Gordon Morris




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

Anél du Plessis, Oliver Fuo




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

Adam Andani




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

Emily Killin, Alan March




Democratisation of local government planning in Bangladesh 

Shuvra Chowdhury




Decision-making processes in Sylhet City Corporation: who plays the dominant role? 

Muhammad Mustofa Kamal,Anwara Begum,Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Hossienie




Botswana development vision and localisation of UN Sustainable Development Goals 

Norbert Musekiwa, David Mandiyanike






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

Kenneth Okwaroh Ochieng




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

Tinashe C Chigwata, Sylvester Marumahoko




Holding governments accountable for service delivery: the local government councils scorecard initiative in Uganda

Lillian Muyomba-Tamale, Kiran Cunningham





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

Andrew Walker




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

Jonathan Carr-West




Previous issue
Issue 18 

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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