By Gerry Stoker and Greg WilkinsonPowerful motivators are needed to improve performance and promote modernisation in local government. Labour has already set out its agenda for change through a series of initiatives and reforms. But its social and economic objectives will never be realised without a capacity to make things happen in communities. The challenge is to enable local government to work with others to make a significant difference to people’s quality of life and level of opportunity. As Labour has realised, it is impossible to govern Britain successfully from London alone and attempting to do so increases the public’s alienation from government and politics. Villages, towns and cities differ significantly in their needs and priorities. Policies implemented without local leadership and commitment often fail, meaning that complex, cross-cutting issues cannot be addressed.
Published by the New Local Government Network and the Institute for Public Policy Research and available from www.nlgn.org.uk