Decentralization & local government

Stoker, Gerry (1987) Decentralization & local government. Social Policy and Administration, 21, (2), 157-170. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9515.1987.tb00271.x).


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Criticism of the achievements of the Welfare State have led to more emphasis on the role of local government in providing new styles of welfare services. This has presented a challenge to Labour party authorities in Britain and can be seen as an aspect of conflict with Conservative party central government. The article analyses the effect of placing more emphasis on local service delivery to which much publicity has been given. Voluntary agencies have also been given an increased role, for a variety of motives. This raises questions about local democracy, answerability, and user-control, which go beyond mere party polemics and involves fresh discussion of the future role of local government.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1467-9515.1987.tb00271.x
ISSNs: 0144-5596 (print)
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Subjects: J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Politics and International Relations
ePrint ID: 47328
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
June 1987Published
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:23

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