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Governing the mix: how local government still matters

Helen Sullivan

in From recession to renewal

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9781847427007
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302377 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427007.003.0009
Governing the mix: how local government still matters

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There seems to be a discourse in government that ignores the need for governance in the delivery of services and the management of neighbourhoods. The marketisation of a range of public services, from health to housing, has resulted in a focus on service delivery rather than governance. This chapter examines the orthodoxy of governance, and unpicks some of the assumptions in this debate. It asks who provides public services and does it matter – do people need government? The chapter argues that New Labour's use of the idea of enabling drew from these interpretations, but in such a way as to offer a diminished rather than enhanced role for local government.

Keywords: service delivery; governance; neighbourhood management; public services; local government; New Labour

Chapter.  6627 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Sociology

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