(Can) modern local government (be) in touch with the people?

Josie Kelly

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The recent White Paper, 'Modern Local Government: In Touch with the People' summarised Labour's project to modernise local government and to renew local democracy. Through the mediating concepts of accountability, responsiveness and representation, it is argued that the modernisation project will renew local authorities' political authority and legitimacy. However, a critical review of the White Paper and other Government's publications which discuss the modernisation of local government suggests that there are discrepancies between the claims to improve democratic local government and the role of councils in the provision of nationally decided andffunded welfare services.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-59
Number of pages18
JournalPublic Policy and Administration
Issue numberSpring
Publication statusPublished - 1999


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