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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?

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

Alexander Nurse

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447350774.003.0005

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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