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New Labour

J. A. Chandler

in Explaining Local Government

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780719067068
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701355 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719067068.003.0012
New Labour

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How new is New Labour? As the tenor of this book indicates, there are no instant revolutions in British government, rather a gradual evolution of ideas towards eventual change, either through legislation or differing patterns of political and social behaviour. Apart from restructuring the machinery for decision making within local authorities, many New Labour initiatives were established elements of the party's policy before Tony Blair assumed the leadership. The hollowing out of local government begun by Margaret Thatcher and John Major has continued, but with a rather different emphasis, as the implementation of many core local authority services are distributed to ad hoc agencies in the form of trusts and community-based local strategic partnerships. This chapter discusses local government in Britain under the New Labour government, devolution, the re-creation of London, the development of English regions, local government finance, and local government in Scotland and Wales.

Keywords: local government; Britain; New Labour; devolution; ad hoc agencies; local strategic partnerships; London; finance; Scotland; Wales

Chapter.  12874 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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