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Law, Politics, and Local Democracy$
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Ian Leigh

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198256984

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198256984.001.0001

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Local Democracy in Its Constitutional Setting

Local Democracy in Its Constitutional Setting

(p.2) (p.3) 1 Local Democracy in Its Constitutional Setting
Law, Politics, and Local Democracy

Ian Leigh

Oxford University Press

This chapter attempts to identify the main sense in which councils are local democratic institutions and to assess their place in the broader constitutional order, especially in relation to regional and devolved authorities. It begins by showing how the reasons which have been offered as justifications for local democracy constrain the form chosen, how it is arranged, and the functions granted to local authorities. It then discusses the case for constitutional recognition of local government. It notes that the key virtue of constitutional protection for local government would be the enshrinement of pluralism within the state.

Keywords:   local democracy, electoral process, regionalism, local government, Stuart Mill

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