Policy Brief #06

Democracy and Representation for Emergency Action

Emergency Governance Initiative, July 2022

This policy brief is the sixth and final brief in the current cycle of the Emergency Governance Initiative (EGI). It is dedicated to arguably the most important aspect of emergency governance: the legitimacy of emergency responses and the extent to which this legitimacy must be rooted in democratic practices. This issue ties in closely with the role of cities and regional governments in strengthening local democracy as well as advancing the broader principle of subsidiarity.

This policy brief consists of four main sections:

  • Democracy and rapid & radical action
  • Local emergency responses, democratic practices and innovation
  • Emergency assemblies
  • An emergency governance culture based on feminism

This Policy Brief is part of the Emergency Governance Initiative (EGI) led by United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the World Association of the Major Metropolises (Metropolis) and LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science. This Initiative investigates the institutional dimensions of rapid and radical action in response to complex global emergencies. The EGI aims to provide city and regional governments with actionable information and appropriate frameworks, knowledge and resources to navigate the new demands of leading responses to complex emergencies.

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