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Explaining Local Government: Local Government in Britain since 1800

J. A. Chandler


This book presents a history of local government in Britain from 1800 until the present day. It 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 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. It analyses local government prior to 1 ... More

Keywords: local government, Britain, welfare state, Labour Party, central government, local autonomy, centralism, conservatism, United States, France

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780719067068
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719067068.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. A. Chandler, author