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McKommunes – People-sized local government?

McKommunes – People-sized local government?

McKommunes – People-sized local government? – Digital Notes

The success of the Nordic nations seems tied to their systems of small and powerful municipal government. Join our round-table discussion on whether ‘McKommunes’ might help to create a similarly successful society here and reverse the trend towards merger and centralisation. With guest speakers Rob Gibson MSP (SNP, Caithness, Sutherland & Ross), Sarah Boyack MSP (Scottish Labour, Lothian; Local Government Spokesperson), Eberhard ‘Paddy’ Bort, Academic Coordinator of the Institute of Governance at Edinburgh University and Professor Mike Danson, Reader in Economics and Management at the University of the West of Scotland. .

Professor Mike Danson, Reader in Economics and Management at the University of the West of Scotland produced a short outline of his thoughts ahead of the Nordic Horizons meeting on 7 February 2012. You can download it here –  Localism and Regionalism in Scotland: Lessons from the North?

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Dan Wynn recorded the ‘McKommunes” meeting. This section features all the main speakers from the first hour ( yes, it’s that long ) . It’s fascinating to listen to Professor Mike Danson, Rob Gibson MSP, Paddy Bort and Sarah Boyack MSP.

This is the audio recording made of the McKommunes meeting and concentrates on the discussion and debate amongst audience members. There has been minimal editing to preserve the actuality of the event…and this includes Dan’s sign off in the final seconds of this 85 minutes audio record. Thanks again to all the participants and sponsors who make these meetings possible. And a special thanks to Dan Wynn for making this recording.

McKommunes Part 2


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