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The Decline and Fall of Local Democracy: A History of Local Government Finance

The Decline and Fall of Local Democracy: A History of Local Government Finance

In the first part of a major study into local government financial reform, Policy Exchange examines the history of local government funding in England and Wales, from feudalism through the Victorian period to present day. The authors show how the contemporary system of highly centralised control is a product of the government’s desire to maintain uniformity and fiscal discipline.

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