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The Ghost of Local Government

Anthony King

in The British Constitution

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199576982
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702235 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576982.003.0007
The Ghost of Local Government

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This chapter presents a debate on whether local government was a good thing or a bad thing. Local government had few detractors but many admirers, most of whom saw it as reflecting a distinctively British value of local pride and initiative. Inconsistency, duplicity, inefficiency, friction, costlines, mutual contempt and loathing, unpredictability, and changing were among the characteristics of local government that were believed by the party that was against it.

Keywords: local government; debate; central government; inconsistency; duplicity; inefficiency; friction; costlines; mutual contempt; loathing

Chapter.  12186 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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