Politics and Governance in the UK

Second edition

by Michael Moran

Extra Resources - Chapter 12

Wilson and Game (2002) has now been superseded by Wilson and Game (2006) as standard on the whole system. Greenwood, Pyper and Wilson (2001), while less authoritative, are very useful. Skelcher (1998) is still excellent on the webs of local governance. Leach and Percy-Smith (2001) give a sense of a key theme of this chapter: the links of the private and the public. The great struggles of the 1980s mark both an intellectual and political watershed in local government and many of the older studies, while excellent, now have a highly historical air: see for instance Hampton (1970) and Hampton (1987) and Jones (1969). Bulpitt (1983) is a key source on the whole issue of centre versus locality. A great classic from the earlier era is Lee (1963). Stoker (2004) integrates the latest 'governance' language into the study of the subject; Stoker (1991) is also still well worth reading. Try Wolman and Goldsmith (1992) or, Denters and Rose (2005) for a comparative perspective. Two books by Rhodes (1988) and (1999) pioneering studies of the modern approaches. Pimlott and Rao (2002) are authoritative on the very important 'exceptional' case of the government of the capital city. Butler et al (1994) is a study of a defining moment of policy catastrophe, the Poll Tax.

The best web site for this chapter is http://www.info4local.gov.uk/ This is provided by central government for local government, but it is a mine of information about both the institutions and practices of local government, and central government/local government relations.