REPORT: The Shared Power Principle

Governments have always faced two serious challenges: bringing about the results people expect, while remaining trusted and relevant. Both challenges are equally important and hard to get right – addressing them well requires a new kind of government that values the role everyone can play, working with people from all backgrounds and ideologies to build the future of government together.

A new policy or programme would not be enough. It needed a radical rethink about how we could put people and connections at the heart of public services.
Donna Hall, Chair, New Local Government Network

Through many conversations with practitioners, scholars and experts, we’ve begun to observe a shift towards a different model of government. It’s all about how power is shared.

We have unearthed four patterns:

  1. Subsidiarity
  2. Relationships
  3. Accountability
  4. Learning

These are patterns that governments around the world are using to better tackle the effectiveness and legitimacy challenges they face. What underlies these patterns is what we are calling ‘The Shared Power Principle’ that we believe government needs to embrace to really make a difference to people everywhere.