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Power and Party in an English City: An account of single-party rule
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David G. Green
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Power and Party in an English City: An account of single-party rule

David G. Green



Urban communities;
Regional government;
Urban & municipal planning


244 pages

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Power and Party in an English City provides an account of how decisions are taken by the state at the level of locality. More specifically, it is an account of the private policy-making activities of a ruling Labour group of councillors in the major English city of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Despite the fact that local government in most of the towns and cities of England is one-party government, very little is known abotu the private behaviour of ruling party groups. In this book David Green provides a penetrating empirical study of the realities of local government.

The author seeks to examine and analyse the importance of party discipline, the relationship between the Labour group of councillors and the party outside the council, the power of the committee chairmen, the role of local patronage and the openness of the local policy-making process. The government of Newcastle is perhaps the most closely association in the public mind with T. Dan Smith, the corrupt local politician. In fact, Smith had left local politics in Newcastle in teh mid-1960s. How was the city being run a decade or so later?

This study is however much more than an inside view of the affairs of a single authority. The last part of the book is devoted to a discussion of aspects of some traditional and modern theories of democracy and specifically to what author sees as the inadequate advocacy of participatory democracy in recent years. Green makes a major contribution to our thinking about the kind of democracy that is possible in modern large-scale societies, explores weaknesses of moder theories and puts forward some original modifications to modern democratic theory, in the light of a theory of knowledge which is seen as more appropriate for modern natural and social scientific activity.

This book was first published in 1981.

By:   David G. Green
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 159mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9780415417419
ISBN 10:   0415417414
Series:   Routledge Library Editions: The City
Pages:   244
Publication Date:   December 2006
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

1. Introduction PART ONE: THE LOCAL PARTY 2. Party membership and organisation 3. Membership activity 4. The party and the group PART TWO: THE COMMITTEES 5. The group and decision making 6. The power of the group leader 7. Group discipline PART THREE: THE COMMITTEES 8. The distribution of power in the committee process 9. Pre-Caucus deliberation 10. The Labour pre-meetings PART FOUR: THE INDIVIDUAL LABOUR COUNCILLOR 11. The power of the individual councillor 12. The councillor's resources PART FIVE: THE GROUP AND THE CITIZEN 13. The citizen's access to official information PART SIX: SOME CONCLUSIONS AND POSSIBLE REFORMS 14. Liberty of criticism and the validity of our knowledge 15. Some principles of good government

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