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New Century Local Government

Commonwealth Perspectives

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Democratic decentralisation through ‘conventional’ institutions of local government is facing increasing challenges, whether from financial pressures, questions of representativeness, difficult central-local relations and from a perhaps growing belief that local government has failed to realise its potential and there may be better ways of achieving societal goals. It is clear there is need to contemplate quite radical change to ensure local government becomes or remains ‘fit for purpose’.



This collection of papers illustrates the way in which the role of local government is evolving in different parts of the Commonwealth and provides practical examples of new local government at work. It showcases emerging practice, and highlights success stories from new ways of working and challenges confronting local government in both developed and developing countries.



New Century Local Government makes a very valuable contribution to helping understand the changing role of local government, and will ensure that practitioners are up-to-date with the most innovative initiatives in local government planning and administration.

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Municipal Partnerships for Prosperity: Empowering the Working Poor

This chapter addresses the crucial relationship between local government and the urban informal economy, both to support local economic development and in the fight against poverty. The chapter focuses on street vending as one of the most visible and contested domains of the informal economy, which the author has studied over many years (see, for example, Brown 2006; 2010; Brown et al. 2010).

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