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Legality and LocalityThe Role of Law in Central-Local Government Relations$
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Martin Loughlin

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198260158

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198260158.001.0001

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The Challenge of Municipal Socialism

The Challenge of Municipal Socialism

(p.125) 3 The Challenge of Municipal Socialism
Legality and Locality

Martin Loughlin

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines municipal socialism, an exercise which resulted in Labour councils developing collectivistic policies which were in direct antagonism to those being promoted by central government during the 1980s. The emergence of municipal socialism highlights the relationship between law and convention in the conduct of local government business. It also reveals much of interest about the nature of the conflict in central-local relations during the 1980s. Since many of the practices of municipal socialist authorities were directly antagonistic to the policies being promoted by the central government, an examination of the disputes which arose may provide some insight not only into the sphere of autonomous action possessed by local government and of the centre's willingness to tolerate difference and diversity within the system but also of the government's capacity to dictate compliance with central prescription.

Keywords:   municipal socialism, Labour councils, central government, law, central-local relations

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