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Rethinking Local Democracy
Edited by Desmond S. King
 
 
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10 Jul 1996
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The transformation of British local government into a new and complex system of local governance raises fundamental theoretical questions as well as empirical ones. Rethinking Local Democracy argues that traditional defences of local government are no longer adequate and that the case for local autonomy and local democracy needs to be radically rethought. It brings together a set of specially-commissioned chapters by leading academics designed to stimulate and contribute to debate on these issues.


Description

The transformation of British local government into a new and complex system of local governance raises fundamental theoretical questions as well as empirical ones. Rethinking Local Democracy argues that traditional defences of local government are no longer adequate and that the case for local autonomy and local democracy needs to be radically rethought. It brings together a set of specially-commissioned chapters by leading academics designed to stimulate and contribute to debate on these issues.


Reviews

'...a valuable contribution to understanding the nature of change in local governance in recent years, and to debates about the future of local governance and democracy in the years to come. Its accounts of local democracy should be compulsory reading for all who claim an interest in the nature of government and public policy.' - Robina Goodlad, Housing Studies


Contents

Introduction: Normative Theories of Local Government and Democracy; G.Stoker - Theorising Democracy and Local Government; D.Beetham - Public Choice and Local Governance; K.Dowding - Public Services, Efficiency and Local Democracy; K.Walsh - The Value of Community; E.Frazer - Feminism and the Attractions of the Local; A.Phillips - Green Arguments for Local Democracy; H.Ward - Theories of Local Democracy in the United States; H.Wolman - Normative Theories of Local Government: A European Comparison; M.Goldsmith - From Theories to Practices: Looking for Local Democracy in Britain; A.Cochrane - Conclusion; D.King