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1st Edition

Regulating Local Authorities
Emerging Patterns of Central Control

ISBN 9780714683065
Published January 30, 2003 by Routledge
174 Pages

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Book Description

By examining the relationship between central governments and local authorities in a number of countries, the contributors to this study show how central governments exercise control and influence over the activities of local authorities.

Table of Contents

Central-local relations since the Layfield Report; intergovernmental relations in Scotland post-devolution; central grants and local spending in Britain; guide democracy or multi-level governance? New trends in regulatory regimes in central-local relations in the Nordic countries; central government over local government - a Western European comparison; central-local financial relations in South Africa; between rhetoric and reality - does the 2001 White Paper reverse the centralizing trend in Britain?

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Paul Carmichael is a Senior Lecturer in Public Administratoin at the School of Policy Studies, University of Ulster Arthur Midwinter is Professor of Government at the University of Strathclyde.


'A valuable contribution; not only for what is said, but also for the way in which it brings together different perspectives and for the ideas and questions it sets running.' - Michael Hughes, University of Bimingham in Local Government Studies

'...the collection should benefit interested researchers and students, and it offers useful historical and international context for practitioners.' - David O'Brien in Political Studies Review