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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 Government, Business, and Partnership

Local Government, Business, and Partnership

(p.305) 10 Local Government, Business, and Partnership
Law, Politics, and Local Democracy

Ian Leigh

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the development of the concept of ‘enabling authority’. It examines the narrow version of enabling, involving the introduction of competitive tendering before looking at the more recent broader aspects, such as partnership with voluntary and private bodies and local quangos. The discussion shows how ideas of how a local authority should relate to the community have changed radically in two decades. The notion of ‘enabling’, with an emphasis on the means by which services were provided, has given way to the idea of community leadership.

Keywords:   enabling, community leadership, best value, voluntary sector, partnerships, trusts, community planning, enabling authority

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