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The Reorganisation of British Local Government : Old Orthodoxies and a Political Perspective - John Dearlove

The Reorganisation of British Local Government

Old Orthodoxies and a Political Perspective

Paperback Published: 19th November 1979
ISBN: 9780521294560
Number Of Pages: 320

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This volume was first published in 1979, just a few years after the Local Government Act of 1972 redrew the map of British local government. Local authorities were also encouraged to change their organization and methods of work; anxiety was expressed about finance, councillor 'calibre' and the credibility of the whole system itself; and neighbourhood councils and public participation in planning were introduced. John Dearlove's aim is to make sense of these changes and the discussion they generated. He does this by showing that both the official case for reorganization and the academic discussion of it have hindered their own understanding by uncritically accepting superficial traditional wisdoms which fail to reveal the concealed ideological positions behind reorganization. Thus, he aims to develop a truly political perspective on reorganisation which is rounded out and given greater depth by the insertion at appropriate points of comparative material drawn from American experience and studies.

Preface
Old orthodoxies and towards a political perspective
The Boundary Problem
Democracy in local government
Efficiency and local government
Councillor calibre and the boundary problem
Appendix
The Management Problem
From traditional administration to corporate management
Orthodoxy explored
Organisational change and the problem of implementation
Councillor and official calibre and the management problem
A political perspective on the contemporary reorganisation of British local government
References
Indices
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521294560
ISBN-10: 0521294568
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 19th November 1979
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.47