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 chief ‘umbrella’ organisations for local government, recently significantly recast;
Professional bodies — the scores of societies and associations that are the institutional embodiment of the professionalism of local government in the United Kingdom;
The local quangocracy — the even greater numbers of nominated boards, central government arm’s-length agencies, and publicprivate partnership organisations now operating at local level with their own policy networks;
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