Analytics Note #06

Local Democracy During Complex Emergencies

Emergency Governance Initiative, April 2023

Analytics Note #06 focuses on how responses to complex emergencies by cities and regions are rooted in democratic practices. It presents insights on the democracy pillars of participation, deliberation and good governance and the degree to which these are underpinned by digital era governance and relates closely to the Emergency Governance Initiative Policy Brief #06.

 The information underpinning the analytics note stems from a recent survey of 30 local and regional governments from 22 countries conducted by the Emergency Governance Initiative (EGI) at the end of 2022. The survey addressed four dimensions: governance and coordination, finance, public service delivery, and democratic practices in times of crises. The analysis presented here considers the results of the fourth dimension of democratic practices. The analysis of the other three dimensions will be part of a summary paper of the EGI’s first phase to be published later this year. The main findings presented are complemented by additional analysis of open-source databases, community engagement platforms, and publications on related experiences by UCLG, Metropolis and their network partners.

This publication is the sixth in the series of Analytics Notes by the Emergency Governance Initiative (EGI) led by LSE Cities, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), and the World Association of the Major Metropolises (Metropolis). This Initiative investigates the institutional dimensions of rapid and radical action in response to global emergencies to provide city and regional governments with frameworks, knowledge, and resources to navigate the new demands of leading emergency responses. The data-focused Notes are published alongside Policy Briefs which present forward-looking propositions, reform agendas, governance innovations and critical perspectives.

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Analytics Note #06 is also available in French and Spanish
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