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.

Local Strategic Partnerships – The Way Forward

Local strategic partnerships – The way forward


Local authorities have been working with other public, private, and voluntary agencies in their localities for many years. This way of working has been both formal and informal. Local authorities have often found ways of crossing organisational and institutional boundaries to overcome problems in delivery for places and people. However, where partnership working has been less successful, there has often been public concern about those people or problems that slip between organisations. In other instances, numerous initiatives are aimed at the same community or target group represent bureaucracy and duplication. More recently, there have been concerns that many of the government's schemes for individual agencies or local authorities are too narrowly focused ...

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