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.

Regions, Sub-Regions, and London

Regions, sub-regions, and London


Regional policy has been active in the United Kingdom since its introduction in the 1930s, as a response to economic decline, and during this long period it has had many forms. Until 1973, regional policy was a domestic matter, set by government and managed through a variety of schemes including the establishment of new towns. In 1973, U.K. regional policy became a matter to be determined by the EU, although in 2003, the Chancellor of the Exchequer sought to have regional policy returned to member states under the subsidiarity principle (HMT 2004b). The devolution of power to Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, after 1997, has left England in an anomalous position. England neither has power devolved to the ...

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