Commonwealth Local Government Forum

Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance

05 July 2021



Local government is all about the tangible and the practical: the delivery of vital services that we need to live our lives. Deciding how to do this, however, and the democratic practices we follow, depend on careful consideration, looking at good practice, and trialling different methods. We are, therefore, pleased to announce the publication of a new issue of the Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, an international peer reviewed journal that aims to strengthen the research voice of local government in the Commonwealth.

Global context

Regarded by scholars and practitioners of local governance across the Commonwealth as a valuable point of reference and forum for exchange of information and ideas, the papers featured in this issue explore both the global context for local governance and democracy and the varied experiences of seven diverse Commonwealth countries.


The themes of the papers range from the progress in the localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Commonwealth, to the different ways in which local democracy is being expressed locally, and how it might be further advanced. Other aspects of local governance, such as the integration of indigenous people’s human rights in national, sub-national and local governance systems, or the decrease of young voter turnout in some countries across the Commonwealth are also included in this issue.

We are proud to be working with the University of Technology Sydney, which publishes the journal for us on its e-press. The journal is open access so please do share it widely across your organisation.     


We hope you find the content of the articles in this edition of the Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance both helpful and inspiring.


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We hope you find the articles in this new edition of the Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance both helpful and inspiring.




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