chapter  5
The Functioning and Management of Local Authorities
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These few passing references apart, the authors of A Century of Municipal Progress paid virtually no attention to the administrative processes of the local authority. It is as if they were seen as nonproblematic. Administration was taken for granted and municipal progress was concerned with the passage of legislation and the decisions of councils. That perspective was not universally shared by other writers at the time. Municipal Progress was published at about the same time as Harry Page's Co-ordination and Planning in the Local Authority (Page, 1936), which focuses on the administrative

process. Furthermore the pages of Public Administration in the 1930s are full of articles highlighting problems of administration in local govemment.