The Challenge of Municipal Socialism

Martin Loughlin

in Legality and Locality

Published in print August 1996 | ISBN: 9780198260158
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682049 | DOI:
The Challenge of Municipal Socialism

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This chapter examines municipal socialism, an exercise which resulted in Labour councils developing collectivistic policies which were in direct antagonism to those being promoted by central government during the 1980s. The emergence of municipal socialism highlights the relationship between law and convention in the conduct of local government business. It also reveals much of interest about the nature of the conflict in central-local relations during the 1980s. Since many of the practices of municipal socialist authorities were directly antagonistic to the policies being promoted by the central government, an examination of the disputes which arose may provide some insight not only into the sphere of autonomous action possessed by local government and of the centre's willingness to tolerate difference and diversity within the system but also of the government's capacity to dictate compliance with central prescription.

Keywords: municipal socialism; Labour councils; central government; law; central-local relations

Chapter.  41167 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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