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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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Of Tapers, Targets and Caps: Central Controls Over Local Expenditure

Of Tapers, Targets and Caps: Central Controls Over Local Expenditure

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Legality and Locality

Martin Loughlin

Oxford University Press

The central government has increasingly sought to use the grant mechanism as an instrument of expenditure restraint, and as a result, conflicts have been generated and local authorities turn to the courts to act as umpires of the central-local financial relationship. This chapter examines how lawyers and courts have become involved in trying to use the law to establish a normative framework governing grant allocation. It highlights not only the limitations in the use of courts as regulators of the financial relationship but also the problems associated with the exercise of seeking to transform such a complex relationship into a rule-based game.

Keywords:   central government, grant mechanism, expenditure, central-local financial relationship, grant allocation

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