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Thinking about the ‘Local’ of Local Government: a Brief History of Invention and Reinvention

Cochrane, Allan (2016). Thinking about the ‘Local’ of Local Government: a Brief History of Invention and Reinvention. Local Government Studies, 42(6) pp. 907–915.

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In 2004 Local Government Studies published an article in which I reflected on the implications of new Labour’s modernisation agenda for the remaking of local government and the reshaping of the welfare state. Here I return to some of the issues raised in that paper in the different context of localism, austerity and dreams of urban entrepreneurialism. I argue that exploring the changing meanings of the local, as a contested political as well as geographical category, is a fundamental task for those of us seeking to understand the nature of contemporary local government; the wider processes of state restructuring which frame it; and the possibilities of local politics.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 Informa UK Limited
ISSN: 0300-3930
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Governing a suburban growth region: living on the edge of the Greater South EastEM-2014-086LEVERHULME The Leverhulme Trust
Keywords: Localism; the local; place; city regions; political imaginaries; responsibilisation
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 47312
Depositing User: Allan Cochrane
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2016 13:46
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2017 12:56
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