Modernising English Local Government: Voice, Loyalty and Exit In the Demise of the English Committee System

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This chapter examines how the New Labour Government in the UK reformed the long-established committee system of political management in English local government and introduced a separation of powers in all but the smallest authorities. The Local Government Act 2000 was the central plank in New Labour’s local government modernization agenda. The New Labour modernizers’ critique of existing local government structures was that they were inefficient, obscured that the real power lay with party elites, and also did not encourage outward looking decision-making. The aims of the Act were to enhance the efficiency, transparency, and accountability of decision-making, and to improve trust in the conduct of local decision-making.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReform in Europe
Subtitle of host publicationBreaking the Barriers in Government
EditorsLiesbet Heyse, Sandra Resodiharjdo, Tineke Lantink, Berber Lettinga
Place of PublicationAldershot
PublisherAshgate Publishing
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780754648437
Publication statusPublished - 2006