Since first publication in 1982, Howard Elcock's Local Government has established a reputation as a comprehensive and unbiased account of how British local government really works. This respected textbook has been completely revised and rewritten for its third edition, to take account of changes in local government and in the circumstances in which it operates. The third edition examines new management structures and accountabilities that follow the policy initiatives of the central Conservative administration. It appraises the impact of the three-pronged reform of the Thatcher years: impact on local authorities' financial resources, new structures of local government and new pressure to contract services out to the private and voluntary sectors.

part I|34 pages

The world of local government

chapter Chapter 1|16 pages

Local government in the British political system

chapter Chapter 2|17 pages

The development and reform of local government

part II|30 pages

The dramatis personae

chapter Chapter 3|18 pages

The local councillor

chapter Chapter 4|11 pages

The integrated roles of members and officers

part III|72 pages

The provision and delivery of services

chapter Chapter 5|33 pages

Services to citizens

chapter Chapter 6|15 pages

The police and emergency services

chapter Chapter 7|21 pages

The management of resources

part IV|60 pages

Planning, management and co-ordination

chapter Chapter 8|20 pages

Planning: the reduction of uncertainty

chapter Chapter 9|15 pages

The rise and rise of public management

chapter Chapter 11|13 pages

Concluding speculations *