Welcome to your Grassroots Politics and Activism reading list. Here you will find the resources to support you throughout your module.
Local Government in the United Kingdom by Wilson, D.; Game, C.During its 13 years of office, Labour's modernization agenda transformed the world of UK local government. Amidst a starkly altered political and economic climate the coalition government formed in 2010 pledged to implement equally radical changes to the system. Taking account of the coalition's programme for government and its first round of spending cuts, the completely revised and updated fifth edition of this popular and established text is timed to take full advantage of this historic juncture. David Wilson and Chris Game provide readers with systematic coverage of the UK's local government. The book examines its defining features, its history, changing structure, operations, functions, financing, and its relations with central government. The fifth edition gives additional emphasis to local government in the devolved regions of the UK, and provides more extensive analysis of centre-local government relations. The authors deliver a thorough critique of Labour's third term in office. Looking ahead, the book anticipates the future of local government under the coalition government. Two themes look likely to dominate policy making: decentralization and cuts to public spending. With its clear, accessible, non-technical style and popular illustrations, Local Government in the United Kingdom will be essential reading for students, practitioners, and anyone with an interest in local politics.
Call Number: 352.140941 WIL + eBook
Publication Date: 2011
Devolution and the Future of Local Government by Leach, S.; Stewart, J.; Jones, G.English local government is in a state of decline after 40 years of incremental but cumulative centralisation by central government. This book is the first to directly address this trend's impact upon the institution of local government, a crucial element in the democratic viability of a unitary state. The process of centralisation, and its corrosive effect on the status and responsibilities of local government, have been widely recognised and deplored among politicians and senior officers within local government, and by academics with an interest in this field. However, there has been no study exploring in detail its impact, and, equally important, suggesting ways in which the growing imbalance between the powers of central and local government should be rectified. This book fills this gap. This text will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners of local government, and more generally to those interested in what has been happening to British politics and governance.
The Civic Culture by Almond, G.A. (Editor); Verba, S. (Editor)This classic text is a comparative political study, based on extensive survey data that defined and analysed the Greek concept of civic virtuelture: the political and social attitudes that are crucial to the success of modern democracy in Western nations. Cited extensively, the book was origionall published in 1963.
Call Number: 306.2 ALM
Publication Date: 1989
Local Government in Liberal Democracies by Chandler, J.A. (Editor)The quality and nature of local government varies widely between countries. This introductory text looks at the workings of local government in England and Wales, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Canada and the USA. The chapters have a similar format so the student has a framework for systematic comparisons of the different case studies and a comprehensive conclusion summarises major differences and relationships between the structures studied.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 1992
Leading the Localities by Copus, C.; Hargreaves, M. (Index by)This book, now available in paperback, is the result of national research conducted amongst England's directly elected mayors and the councillors that serve alongside them. It is the first such major publication to assess the impact on local politics of this new office and fills a gap in our understanding of how the Local Government Act 2000 has influenced local governance. The book also draws from a range of research that has focused on elected mayors - in England and overseas - to set out how the powers, roles and responsibilities of mayors and mayoral councils would need to change if English local politics is to fundamentally reconnect with citizens. It not only explores how English elected mayors are currently operating, but how the office could develop and, as such, is a major contribution to the debate about the governance of the English localities.
Modern Local Government by Morphet, J.Modern Local Government is a unique assessment of local government reform from the perspective of both local and central government, which is fully informed an analysis of the role of the European Union. This text provides a systematic review of the reform of local government since the election of New Labour in 1997. Key Features Provides the relevant historical context for the predicted "death of local government" in the Thatcher era Explains the New Labour agenda for local government and the components which make up local governance in England today Offers substantive discussion of: decision making; community strategies; performance measures; procurement, privatization, partnerships; the role of e-government; standards and corruption Analyzes the implications of reform at different spatial scales - from the local to the regional - and offers a rich discussion of the "new localism" Presents an overview of the role of EU legislation in areas like employment, environment, and competition Concludes with a consideration of the possible futures for local government including Local Area Agreements, Local Public Service Boards, and choice It will be the key resource for all students of local government in Planning and related disciplines.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2008
Local Government since 1945 by Rao, N.; Young, K.This introductory textbook provides an historical overview of developments in local government in postwar Britain. Examines role of local government both as partner and as agent of central ministries Based substantially on original research, yet written accessibly for beginning students and general readers Ken Young is the leading authority in this field, and Nirmala Rao a much- respected younger scholar
Call Number: 320.8094 YOU
Publication Date: 1997
Guide to Local Government by Stevens, A.This second edition is a comprehensive guide to every aspect of British local government. As well as outlining the role of councillors and local government officers, it contains a full history of local government in Britain. It examines the politicisation of local government.
Call Number: 320.80941 STE
Publication Date: 2006
Transforming Local Governance by Stoker, G.Drawing on the author's unrivalled experience and expertise in both research and policy-making, this important new book provides a systematic assessment of the changing nature of local governance in Britain and a conceptual framework for understanding the new governance of localities. The author analyzes in detail what New Labour has been trying to do to local governance and management and assesses how and why it has achieved only a mixed record of change. The book concludes by providing a vision of good local governance and an assessment of future challenges for research and reform.