The transformation of local governance in the 1980s and 1990s has put the nature and prospects for local democracy in question. Drawing together original research by leading academics commissioned by the Commission for Local Democracy, this book presents in a lively and accessible form the clearest available picture of the problems of participation, representation and accountability besetting local government, their consequences and possible avenues for reform.
List of Tables and Figures - Notes on the Contributors - Foreword; S.Jenkins - Preface - Local Government Under Seige; L.Pratchett & D.Wilson - Why Does Local Democracy Matter?; A.Phillips - The Constitutional Status of Local Government; M.Loughlin - Participation in Local Elections; C.Rallings, M.Temple & M.Thrasher - Central Government Perceptions of Local Government; G.Jones & T.Travers - The Demise of the Public Service Ethos; L.Pratchett & M.Wingfield - Political Parties and Local Democracy; C.Game & S.Leach - Quangos and Local Governance; A.Greer & P.Hoggett - Reforming the New Magistracy; J.Stewart - Redefining Local Democracy; G.Stoker - A Power of General Competence for Local Government; H.Kitchin - What Future for Local Democracy; L.Pratchett & D.Wilson - Index
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