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Law, Politics, and Local Democracy

Ian Leigh


More than any other area of the British constitution, local government has undergone constant change over the past two decades. The Conservative legislation introducing compulsory competitive tendering, replacing rates with first the community charge and then the council tax, the structural reorganization of local councils (with the creation of unitary authorities), and the increasing emphasis on rights for users of local services have left an enduring legacy. The actions of some local authorities on the municipal left and the New Right have tested the legal limits of local democracy to the fu ... More

Keywords: local government, Conservatives, Labour, structural reorganization, New Right, community leaders, financial accountability, consumerism, local democracy, constitution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198256984
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198256984.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Leigh, author
University of Durham