Explaining Local Government: Local Government in Britain Since 1800

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Manchester University Press, 2007 - History - 356 pages
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Explaining Local Government uniquely presents a history of local government in Britain since 1800 until the present day. The study explains how local government in Britain has 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 in relation to the evolving structures to provide a theory of the evolution of the system for the specialist based on primary research.
  

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Contents

Local government before 1832
1
The impact of industrialisation
29
the ad hoc local governments
49
Municipal government to its zenith
70
Restructuring local government
97
growth with decline
120
The slow road to modernisation
141
War and social democracy
158
Modernising the system 195179
184
Professionalism and alienation
220
Thatcher and Major
243
New Labour
278
Accounting for the evolution of local government in Britain
306
Appendices
320
Index
347
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James Chandler is Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University. 

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