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Reforming Local Government, Consolidation, Cooperation, or Re-creation?, by Joseph Drew

This book is a bold prescription for local government reform that moves well beyond the old arguments regarding consolidations (also referred to as amalgamations) and co-operation (sometimes referred to as shared services) to paint a picture of an efficient, effective tier of government that strikes a balance between the right of persons to pursue their existential ends and the need to promote the common good. The book presents a system of local government that balances human dignity with the common good, restrains Leviathan, provides a voice for the disenfranchised (and even the disinterested), and delivers goods and services efficiently and effectively. Ironically, what is often argued to be the weakness of local government in many jurisdictions – the fact that it is merely a creature of statute – is also the best hope we have of making the oft cited rhetoric about how ‘local government is the closest to the people that serves the people best’ become reality
Table Of Contents
Chapter 1. Why Reform Local Government? -- Chapter 2. A Theory of Local Government -- Chapter 3. Theory and Practice in Local Government Consolidations -- Chapter 4. Designing and Selling Effective Local Government Consolidations -- Chapter 5. Theory and Practice in Local Government Co-operative Production -- Chapter 6. Designing and Selling Effective Local Government Co-operative Arrangements -- Chapter 7. The Size and Shape of Local Government -- Chapter 8. The Political Framework for Local Government -- Chapter 9. The Remit of Local Government -- Chapter 10. Own-source Financing of Local Government -- Chapter 11. Inter-governmental Relations -- Chapter 12: Selling Re-created Local Government
Literary Form
non fiction
1st ed. 2020.
Physical Description
1 online resource (vii, 166 pages), illustrations
Specific Material Designation
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