The struggle to reform local government: 1970-95

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Although a comprehensive comparison of local government in 1970 with local government in 1995 is beyond the scope of this article, it is possible to provide a brief review of the changes along four dimensions: Institutional framework, finance, accountability and the role of local authorities. In 1970 a new structure for local government was just emerging after an intense period of inquiry and review. The new structure was designed to create a local government system equipped to meet the changed pattern of work and life within Britain. The assumptions underpinning the 1970s reforms have been challenged by a vast array of changes within the past 25 years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-22
Number of pages6
JournalPublic Money and Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


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