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.

Promoting Well-Being and the Community's Interest

Promoting well-being and the community's interest


One of the longest standing discussions within local government over the last century has been the extent to which its dependency on specific legal powers erodes local government's role in delivery and its ability to lead and serve its communities. The absence of a written constitution in the United Kingdom unlike almost all other countries, has meant that the role of local government has not been enshrined as a tier of government. This is usually expressed as local government's lack of a ‘general power of competence’, that is, the ability to act without ensuring specific powers or ‘vires’ are available. Much legal discussion has arisen about these powers and their limitations, particularly when local ...

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