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Local government in the United Kingdom has never been less autonomous and less powerful than it is today. And this emasculation should be of concern to all liberals, for local autonomy makes possible the pluralism essential to a free society. This issue of Economic Affairs explores these debates, and includes discussions on the purpose, funding and future of local government.
The future of local government by John Meadowcroft
Principles and Theories of Local Government by Peter A Watt
Facilitating choice in English local government by Stephen J Bailey
Modernising Local Government by Nirmala Rao
The failure of the Poll Tax and classical liberal political economy: lessons for the future by John Meadow