By Gerry Stoker (auth.)
The final decade has obvious a rise in political and ideological clash in neighborhood govt. This e-book analyzes this context and examines either the operation of elected neighborhood experts and the increase of a non-directly elected neighborhood governement.
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113). In judging turn-out figures a point of comparison is needed. Turn-out in British Parliamentary elections post 1951 has averaged Elected Local Government 45 76 per cent. 8). Overall, this analysis does suggest that turn-out in British local elections is disappointing.
With the split-up of the Alliance the Social and Liberal Democrats have, as a consequence, gained the lion's share of council seats. The Liberal presence in local government has been in many cases based on a commitment to a 'community politics' which emphasises campaigning on local issues and regular contact with the electors through 'Focus' leaflets and other means. Pinkney (1984) argues that Liberals tend to favour open government and decentralisation initiatives, support public spending and provision in some areas (recreation and social services) but in others are in favour of privatisation or alternative forms of provision, such as cooperative housing.
Notes: Other material changes have provided local authorities with new challenges. They include changes in social structure, in the role of women or the significance of ethnic minorities, and the rise in the number of elderly people. Gyford in his evidence to the Widdicombe Committee (1986e, p. 110) argues more generally that there has been 'a move away from a society with a large degree of consensus on interests and values, towards a more diverse and fragmented society within which there are asserted a plurality of sectional interests and values'.
The Politics of Local Government by Gerry Stoker (auth.)