Decentralization & Local Government

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Criticism of the achievements of the Welfare State have led to more emphasis on the role of local government in providing new styles of welfare services. This has presented a challenge to Labour party authorities in Britain and can be seen as an aspect of conflict with Conservative party central government. The article analyses the effect of placing more emphasis on local service delivery to which much publicity has been given. Voluntary agencies have also been given an increased role, for a variety of motives. This raises questions about local democracy, answerability, and user‐control, which go beyond mere party polemics and involves fresh discussion of the future role of local government.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-170
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Policy & Administration
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes


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