The National Local Government System

  • David Wilson
  • Chris Game
Part of the Government Beyond the Centre book series (GBC)


This chapter follows on naturally from the previous two, in that it deals in more detail with topics and institutions that we have already at least signposted in, for example, Figure 7.1. It thus serves to reinforce the importance we have attached to looking beyond the traditional and rather narrow focus of Whitehall—(English) local authority relations to the considerably more complex and fragmented but also more lifelike world of sub-central governance or, as we term it here, the national — and supranational — system of UK local government. The chapter focuses on six of the key elements in that system:
  1. 1.

    Territorial Relationships — the distinctive patterns of central-local relations which operate in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland;

  2. 2.

    The local authority associations — the chief ‘umbrella’ organisations for local government, recently significantly recast;

  3. 3.

    Professional bodies — the scores of societies and associations that are the institutional embodiment of the professionalism of local government in the United Kingdom;

  4. 4.

    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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© David Wilson and Chris Game 1998

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  • David Wilson
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