The Politics of Decentralisation: Revitalising Local by Danny Burns

By Danny Burns

This wide-ranging ebook units dialogue of a few of the methods to neighborhood executive decentralisation within the context of the altering nature of public carrier administration and the chances for brand spanking new different types of public involvement in executive decision-making. It attracts on quite a lot of reports during the united kingdom in addition to the findings of an in-depth research of the effect of radical decentralisation options in internal London boroughs to supply an authoritative overview of the politics of decentralisation.

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A fourth strategy is to switch the focus from representative to participatory democracy and community action. Thus some councils use local government resources to underpin a wide variety of nonstatutory organisations. The central idea is to break with the notion that local government should always be the vehicle through which local needs are met. It involves devolving influence and power to groups rather than areas. There is evidence to suggest that measures of this kind have been successful, particularly in inner city areas, in building the self-confidence of groups who have previously found it difficult to engage in the local political process (Stewart and Whitting, 1983).

As mentioned earlier, these major changes in the legal framework have, together with the huge cuts in central government financial support, done much to unsettle established approaches to management in local government. 1, aims to preserve the notion of public provision, but seeks a radical reform of the manner in which this provision is undertaken. Thus it seeks to replace the old bureaucratic paternalistic model with a much more democratic model. Advocates of the extension of local democracy are, for a variety of reasons, wary of the market models admired by exponents of the first alternative.

Both the right and the left took the view that public service bureaucracies, whatever their stated intentions, were incapable of transforming themselves. New 24 The Context of Change mechanisms needed to be created which would force the bureaucracies to become responsive to external pressures. But, having agreed upon the nature of the problem, the solutions then prescribed differ dramatically. Whereas the new right offers markets, competition and individual choice, the new left offers strengthened democracy, participation and collective control.

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