Abstracts: April 26th, 1999

Barnett N J, Crowther D E A
The International Journal of Public Sector Management, (UK), 1998 Vol 11 No 6. Start page: 425. No of pages: 15

Outlines and contrasts the approach to local government in southern and northern Europe with the UK exemplifying the northern approach of large units. Notes the development of an instrumental attitude in the UK that views community considerations on economic terms. Reports that in a UK government review, the proposal to re-create Rutland as a Unitary Authority was the only one, of many made, where overall community welfare concerns overrode efficiency considerations. Takes that recommendation as broadly representative of the postmodern view being put forward. Discusses postmodern concepts surrounding community and welfare and argues that a postmodern sensibility can address an individual’s welfare needs within a welfare-maximizing model, i.e. local government responding to a situation mandated by individuals who create communities of purpose in relation to need. States such adaptability is far removed from current local service provision but that insights and debate into possible democratic and local government forms are promoted by taking a postmodernistic stance.

Database: AFA: Accounting & Finance Abstracts
Style: Wholly theoretical. ISSN: 0951-3558. Reference: 28AC429

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