The National Local Government System
Territorial Relationships — the distinctive patterns of central-local relations which operate in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Local Authority Associations — the ‘national community of local government’ e.g. Association of Metropolitan Authorities (AMA) and Association of District Councils (ADC).
The Impact of Professionalism — professionalised networks in specific areas (e.g. housing, planning) can play a major role in pushing forward specific policy options which are then frequently applied throughout UK local authorities.
Non-elected Bodies — the plethora of nominated boards, central government arm’s-length agencies, public-private partnership organisations now operating at local level with their own policy networks.
The European Dimension — a growing number of local authorities are engaging with the EC, both directly and via bodies such as the Local Government International Bureau. Additionally, EC legislation and policies directly impact on the activities of individual local authorities.
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