Abstracts: July 9th, 1999

Fenwick J, Bailey M
The International Journal of Public Sector Management, (UK), 1999 Vol 12 No 3. Start page: 247. No of pages: 11

Discusses the effect of decentralization within local government in the United Kingdom. Focuses on whether the 1992 local government review has pushed the newly created unitary authorities towards decentralization in order to respond to new circumstances, and on the degree to which corporate management characterizes the organization of the new unitary councils. Categorizes the authorities as either corporatists, centralizers, neutrals or decentralizers. Finds that although decentralization is a clear agenda item in some of the new unitaries, a number of other authorities have taken the opportunity to centralize rather than decentralize, the choices often shaped by the primacy of budget constraints and financial limitations.

Subject(s): LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFORM, UNITED KINGDOM, DECENTRALIZATION, LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT, REORGANIZATION
Database: TMA: Top Management Abstracts
Style: Theoretical with application in practice, Survey
ISSN: 0951-3558. Reference: 28AJ993

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