From recession to renewal: The impact of the financial crisis on public services and local government

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The banking collapse and ensuing global financial crisis has been the subject of much analysis and speculation. One growing certainty is that there will be an impact on the delivery of public services and on local government and governance. This topical book examines and debates the challenges posed, on a local, European and global level, by the imperative to balance a fiscal need for smaller public expenditure with a social need for strong governance and protection of the most vulnerable in UK society. Leading ...

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Overview

The banking collapse and ensuing global financial crisis has been the subject of much analysis and speculation. One growing certainty is that there will be an impact on the delivery of public services and on local government and governance. This topical book examines and debates the challenges posed, on a local, European and global level, by the imperative to balance a fiscal need for smaller public expenditure with a social need for strong governance and protection of the most vulnerable in UK society. Leading academics in the field of local governance contribute to a diverse set of analyses on the impact of the financial crisis.

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This book promises to connect the larger dynamics of crisis, the institutional arrangements of public services and some of the specific locations of the impacts of the crisis. John Clarke, Professor of Social Policy, The Open University

Is there an alternative to our children having to learn Mandarin, and becoming losers in a cut-throat global market? Although it is often claimed this is inevitable, this book presents some other options and perspectives. Danny Dorling, University of Sheffield

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847427007
  • Publisher: Policy Press at the Univ of Bristol
  • Publication date: 11/10/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanna Richardson, Department of Public Policy, De Montfort University

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Table of Contents

List of figures, tables and boxes iv

Notes on contributors v

Acknowledgements x

Foreword Ken Livingstone xi

Part 1 Context

1 Introduction: the scope and challenges of the financial crisis Joanna Richardson Colin Copus 3

2 The historical context of the global financial crisis:from Bretton Woods to the debacle of neoliberalism George Lambie 25

3 Financial crises, governance and cohesion: can governments learn up? Stuart Holland 51

Part 2 Policies and issues

4 Public policy responses to fiscal debt or deficit: is there a difference? Fred Mear 73

5 Protecting the community from the effects of the financial crisis Joanna Richardson 89

6 Exploring the local political context of the recession Steve Leach Mark Roberts 111

7 Efficiencies in public service delivery John Seddon Brendan O'Donovan 135

8 Choice, empowerment, personalisation: taking forward public services in a recession Tim Brown NicolaYates 157

9 Governing the mix: how local government still matters Helen Sullivan 179

Part 3 Conclusion

10 Conclusion: from recession to renewal? Joanna Richardson 199

Index 221

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