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Political Science (Routledge Library Editions: Political Science Volume 14) by H. Victor Wiseman

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Local Government

William S. Steer

GOVERNMENT IN BRITAIN HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS A DUAL democracy. Great issues, and sometimes very trivial and dull matters, affecting the lives of all the people are decided at Westminster and put into effect by a national civil service which operates throughout the whole country.

The second arm of our democratic state is made up of the locally elected authorities and their officers, who, operating within their prescribed boundaries bring to the citizen a very wide and increasingly varied range of services. We are here concerned with the government and politics of the locality rather than with the country as a whole.

It would be administratively possible for all tasks of government in the greatly varied localities ...

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