First published in 1985, Between Centre and Locality provides the detailed accounts of the relations between central and local government in Britain since 1970s. The confrontation of centre and locality has been a constant theme of political debate and legislative action since Mrs Thatcher came to power. It discusses range of policy issues including education, the police, housing, race relations and finance. In addition, theoretical chapters are included which set the empirical studies in the broader context of theories of the State and of policy making. The chapters have each been written by an acknowledged authority on the particular subject and are based upon extensive research. The book will be of interest not only to academics in a number of fields but also to politicians, officers, and civil servants in central and local government.
Preface Introduction: Understanding the Crisis Stewart Ranson and Kieron Walsh Part I: Dilemmas of Central- Local Relations 1. Dilemmas John Stewart 2. Policy Planning Solutions Bob Hinings Part II: Controlling Resources 3. Expenditure John Raine 4. Why Block Grant Failed John Gibson 5. Law Owen Lomas 6. Workforce Kieron Walsh 7. Direct Labour Organization Norman Flynn Part III: Restructuring Policy Sectors I. Infrastructures 8. Inner Cities Steve Leach 9. Transportation Chris Skelcher 10. Housing Valerie Karn II. Services 11. Education Stewart Ranson 12. Social Services Adrian Webb and Gerald Wistow 13. Health Bryan Stoten 14. Police Lee Bridges III. Issues 15. Employment John Mawson and David Miller 16. Racial Disadvantage Ken Young Conclusion: Implications for Policy and Institutions George Jones Index