Modern Local Government is a unique assessment of local government reform from the perspective of both local and central government, which is fully informed an analysis of the role of the European Union. This text provides a systematic review of the reform of local government since the election of New Labour in 1997.



Why another book on local government? The answer to this question is simple. Since 1997, local government has changed more than at any time since the 1880s. Although those who have lived through the reorganisation of local authority boundaries in 1963, 1972, 1987, and the 1990s might argue that these changes were more significant; since the 1997 general election local decision making, the power of elected councillors and role of local government have all changed. In the past, local authorities were ‘creatures’ of statute, unable to undertake any activity unless specifically enabled. Now, although they do not have a general power of competence, the duty of a local authority to promote the well-being of its area, together with accompanying powers, mark a key change. ...

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