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Explaining Local Government
Author: J. A. Chandler

ISBN: 9780719067075
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 17 July 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.9
Description:
Explaining local government uniquely presents a history of local government in Britain since 1800 until the present day. The study explains how the institution evolved from a structure that appeared to be relatively free from central government interference to, as John Prescott observes, 'one of the most centralised systems of government in the Western world'.

The book is accessible to A level and undergraduate students as an introduction to the development of local government in Britain but also balances values and political practice to provide a unique explanation, using primary research, of the evolution of the system.

The volume begins with an analysis of the structure of local government prior to 1832. Subsequent chapters chart its development to the more uniform system of the late nineteenth century. It is then argued that the emergence of a 'New Liberal' national welfare state and the growth of the Labour Party created pressures within Whitehall and Westminster for substantive controls over local governments. This has led post-1945 to the creation of larger less local units and further restraints on local autonomy. In addit...

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