Recent Trends in Central-Local Government Relations

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This report examines the ways in which the relationship between central and local government has altered in Britain since the late 1970s. It assesses the view that, during this period, the power of central government has increased and that local authorities' ability to make policy has been reduced. The first part of the report reviews the period up to 1987, commenting on the degree and pace of change. The second part examines the recent changes introduced by central government in legislation which lays down new ways in which local authorities exercise their functions.

Local and Central Government Relations Research Programme: Report 3

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Acknowledgements
Foreword
Introduction
1. Central-local relations before the 1970s
2. The mid-1970s to the mid-1980s: central government intervention
3. Recent financial changes
4. The Education Reform Act
5. Housing
6. Local authority procedures and powers
7. Competitive tendering
8. Social services
9. Conclusion
Membership of the Local and Central Government Relations Research Committee

John, P. (1990), Recent Trends in Central-Local Government Relations, Policy Studies Institute