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Rescaling Urban GovernancePlanning, Localism and Institutional Change$
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John Sturzaker and Alexander Nurse

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447350774

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447350774.001.0001

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Local authorities: Powerhouses or scapegoats?

Local authorities: Powerhouses or scapegoats?

(p.99) 5 Local authorities: Powerhouses or scapegoats?
Rescaling Urban Governance

John Sturzaker

Alexander Nurse

Policy Press

Some have argued that reforms to urban governance in the UK in recent years have “hollowed out” the local level, emphasising the levels “above” and “below” it. This reflects a broader perceived loss of focus on cities themselves, but a great deal of power and responsibility still remains at the local authority level. This chapter considers how local government autonomy has changed in recent years, within the context of a broader history of local government in the UK. It then reflects upon the “entrepreneurial turn” in local government, for some a consequence of reduced funding for local authorities, and considers recent evidence of a return to “municipal socialism” in England and beyond.

Keywords:   Autonomy, Entrepreneurialism, Municipal Socialism, Local Authorities, Hollowing out

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