Planning: Preparing for the Worst and Creating the Best

Local government planning serves as an integral part of ensuring effective government service delivery. In some countries, the inability to adequately plan on the local level has lead to an inability of local governments to carry out beneficial community projects. Whether providing water, electricity, schooling, health care, or more long-term issues of adaptation and disaster preparedness,…

Community Bill of Rights in American Municipalities

Late last year, several Ohio communities adopted local legislation banning a controversial drilling practice in their communities, adding to an already heated debate over the role of local governments in environmental protection. Ohio’s Broadview Heights and Mansfield joined a handful of other American municipalities in Maryland, Washington, Pennsylvania and other states that have recently adopted their own “Community…

Exploring the Measurement and Effectiveness of the Local Public Sector

Exploring the Measurement and Effectiveness of the Local Public Sector: Toward a Classification of Local Public Sector Finances and a Comparison of Devolved and Deconcentrated Finances The Urban Institute Jameson Boex December 2011 Over the past 10 years, the international development community has often seen decentralization and local governance issues through a narrow lens, focusing…