Public administration and governance

The Commonwealth advances good governance by helping members to build public service capacity, strengthen their public institutions and improve service delivery. Research in this area includes decentralisation, local government reform, legislation and financing, e-governance, public expenditure management, public–private partnerships and promoting good governance.

Publication date: 1 August 2016
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Election Management: A Compendium of Commonwealth Good Practice is a guide for policy-makers and EMBs to the democratic values, principles and practices of the Commonwealth. It will assist governments, political parties and civil society to understand the role, functions and responsibilities of those tasked with delivering credible elections.

Publication date: 20 April 2016
Format: Paperback

The complete reference book of local government in the Commonwealth. Updated and revised, the 2015/16 edition details the systems of local government in Commonwealth countries. The profiles are in a format that allows easy country-to-country comparison.

Contributor: Munawwar Alam
Series title: Commonwealth Secretariat Local Government Reform Series
Number within series: 5
Publication date: 22 July 2014
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This research study examines different approaches to intergovernmental transfers (ICTs) in developing countries in the Commonwealth, and assesses their relative strengths and weaknesses. It includes detailed case studies of India and Kenya, lessons learned from IGT systems in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Publication date: 17 April 2014
Format: Paperback

This reference book examines the various models by which the private sector can partner with governments. It brings together various perspectives and experiences of public–private partnering for national development from experts and senior officials within government, industry, academia and the development community.

Publication date: 30 September 2013
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This collection of papers shows how the role of local government is evolving throughout 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.

Publication date: 18 July 2013
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

ICTs can create digital pathways between citizens and governments that are affordable, accessible and widespread. This book aims to strengthen the understanding of policy-makers by outlining the conditions and processes involved in the planning and execution of e-government projects.

Contributor: Graham Sansom
Series title: Commonwealth Secretariat Local Government Reform Series
Number within series: 4
Publication date: 10 April 2013
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This study is designed to help local government practitioners in Pacific island countries review and strengthen their existing legislative and regulatory frameworks. It identifies best practice, examines case studies of Fiji, Solomon Islands and Samoa, and presents ten key principles for effective legislation.

Contributor: Andrew Graham
Publication date: 15 September 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This collection of case studies from Commonwealth developed and developing countries examines innovations in public financial management and provides practical information on best practices and recommendations for new initiatives. It will be valuable for public sector leaders and policy-makers.

Publication date: 18 July 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Through detailed case studies of decentralisation policies in five sub-Saharan African countries – Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania – this book examines the challenges presented, lessons learned, and recommends ways to improve policy implementation.

Series title: Commonwealth Secretariat Local Government Reform Series
Number within series: 3
Publication date: 14 July 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This topic guide provides practical guidance for designing, implementing and evaluating decentralisation reforms and local government practices to ensure they are as effective as possible. It includes summaries of key texts and provides links to cutting edge research and recent case studies.

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