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Rebalancing the central-local relationship: Achieving a bottom-up approach to localism

Stanton, J. (2018). Rebalancing the central-local relationship: Achieving a bottom-up approach to localism. Legal Studies, doi: 10.1017/lst.2017.24

Abstract

Recent governments have introduced a plethora of reforms seeking to decentralise power to local government in England. Invariably, however, these have fallen short of stated objectives, leaving councils at the mercy of central supervision and with insufficient local autonomy. This article explores the reasons underpinning this concern. It identifies a top-down approach to localism and considers the culture of centralism that persists as a consequence. It then discusses how a bottom-up approach might be achieved, exploring how political and legal mechanisms
can protect councils from centralised interference in the future.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Stanton. (2018). Rebalancing the central-local relationship: Achieving a bottom-up approach to localism. Legal studies published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1017/lst.2017.24. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/18784
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