Parish councils can empower local communities, but we need more of them in cities

My post for Democratic Audit (11 September 2014) on the rise of parish councils in English cities. Although this is not yet a widespread phenomenon, recent events in London, Birmingham, Bradford and elsewhere suggest it may become one, and help make local government truly local.

NHS Foundation Trusts – a democratic failure?

My article for Open Democracy (16 April 2014), about my research into the low levels of participation in NHS Foundation Trust elections. I recommended radical ways to improve democratic legitimacy.

Parking has become a political football

My article for Parking Review magazine (26 September 2013) about recent rhetoric heard from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government about councils’ parking policies. I argue that criticism of councils is an attempt to divert attention from wider issues concerning the economy and public finances.