This chapter divides into two main sections. The first section deals with so-called external structures and brings up to date the historical account of our system of local government begun in Chapter 4. We present literally a map of British local government at the very end of the 20th century. The second section looks at local authorities’ internal management structures, at the machinery of committees and departments through which they conduct their business. Both topics are returned to later in the book. Chapter 17 examines in more depth the structural reorganisation saga, while Chapters 13, 17 and 18 pick up a range of issues related to internal management.
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.