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Guest editors' introduction: the power of now. Reimagining the future of local government through studies of 'actually existing' practice

Barnett, Neil; Griggs, Steven; Sullivan, Helen


This introduction contends that the study of UK local government, its institutions and actors is an increasingly ‘niche’ pursuit. We argue that the field is caught in a commonsense narrative that plays off local government institutional decline against a widespread belief in the future democratic and progressive value of the ‘council-to-come’. Identifying persistent appeals to such deficiency narratives, we suggest that ‘actually existing’ local government is reduced to the site of critical...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: Local Government Studies
DOI: 10.1080/03003930.2020.1783251


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