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From recession to renewalThe impact of the financial crisis on public services and local government$
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Joanna Richardson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427007

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427007.001.0001

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Exploring the local political context of the recession

Exploring the local political context of the recession

(p.111) Six Exploring the local political context of the recession
From recession to renewal

Steve Leach

Mark Roberts

Policy Press

This chapter presents an analysis of how the recession will affect financial viability, and particularly the community leadership role of councils. It examines options for the role of local authorities, such as the service emphasis or community leadership options. The chapter also teases out the debate on public services and the public sector further. It outlines a conceptual framework that facilitates an understanding of how councils might respond in this time of change. The chapter seeks to illustrate how many local authorities might employ the potentials embedded in their governance role to mitigate some of the worst impacts of the recession.

Keywords:   financial viability, community leadership, local authorities, public services, council leadership, recession

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