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Local Democracy in Its Constitutional Setting

Ian Leigh

in Law, Politics, and Local Democracy

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780198256984
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681714 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198256984.003.0001
Local Democracy in Its Constitutional Setting

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This chapter attempts to identify the main sense in which councils are local democratic institutions and to assess their place in the broader constitutional order, especially in relation to regional and devolved authorities. It begins by showing how the reasons which have been offered as justifications for local democracy constrain the form chosen, how it is arranged, and the functions granted to local authorities. It then discusses the case for constitutional recognition of local government. It notes that the key virtue of constitutional protection for local government would be the enshrinement of pluralism within the state.

Keywords: local democracy; electoral process; regionalism; local government; Stuart Mill

Chapter.  14393 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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