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.

New Approaches to Decision Making in Local Authorities

New approaches to decision making in local authorities

Introduction: Implementing Local Government Reform

In May 1997, the minister for local government, Hilary Armstrong, former councillor in Durham County Council, introduced the measures which were to reshape local government in the coming years. The response to the perceived political risk presented by local government was immediate and pre-planned approaches were brought forward. Hilary Armstrong also recruited Beverley Hughes as her PPS, who was also the former leader of Trafford Council in Greater Manchester. Other senior local government colleagues with experience such as chief executives or chief officers were brought into the civil service and by 2006, there were three former local authority managers appointed as Permanent Secretaries of government departments, ...

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