New unitary authorities and economic development

McQuaid, Ronald W (1993) New unitary authorities and economic development. Regions (185). pp. 23-28.

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    Local authority economic development activities have grown significantly during the last decade (see for instance: Mills and Young, 1986; Chandler and Lawless, 1985; Rowan-Robinson & Lloyd, 1987; Sellgren, 1991; McQuaid, 1992). However across Britain, the structures of these authorities is in the process of major reform with the introduction of single-tier authorities. In England the Local Government Commission is considering unitary structures on an area by area basis, although they are also permitted to recommend no change in the current structure (DoE, 1991). In Wales and Scotland, central government is determining the functions and boundaries of the new unitary authorities (The Scottish Office, 1991, 1992; Welsh Office 1991; see Midwinter, 1992, and Boyne, 1992 for comments), while Northern Ireland, the Islands of Scotland and metropolitan authorities in England already have unitary structures.
    The proposals for unitary local government are likely to affect economic development in many ways, including: what activities are carried out; relationships with other key actors; accountability and democracy; and the costs of local government. This paper analyses these possible impacts, with specific reference to proposals for Scotland, although many of the issues have general applicability across the UK.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: unitary authorities; economic development; local authorities; governance; democracy; Scotland;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Employment Research Institute
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 330 Economics
    300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 336 Public finance
    Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
    Item ID: 2862
    Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
    Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2009 11:54
    Last Modified: 13 Oct 2014 15:30

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