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Conclusion: The New Local Government

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/9780198256984.003.0011
Conclusion: The New Local Government

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This chapter reviews three strands of the government's democratic renewal programme: the ‘best value’ regime to replace compulsory competitive tendering; the reform of executive structures, including the introduction of cabinets and directly elected mayors; and new powers for councils to become community leaders, working in partnership with other public, private, and voluntary bodies, both under a new power to promote community well-being and under the ‘Beacon’ council scheme. It examines the tensions between these initiatives and the extent to which they amount to a coherent vision for local democracy within the changing UK constitution.

Keywords: electoral reform; new accountability; new powers; new structures; best value; renewal; UK constitution; Beacon council

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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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