Urban government and finance ( UK and USA).

R. J. Johnston

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Examines the evolution, nature and functions of local government in the UK and the USA as systems characterised by different levels of local autonomy. The operations of the State in capitalist society are viewed as being directed towards the twin goals of accumulation and legitimation for the economic system, and urban local governments are an integral part of this system. Attempts to ratonalise UK administrative boundaries which have evolved over the preceding century as well as the less centrally directed pattern in the USA. The social and financial implications of such changes are discussed. It is concluded that as a result of the State's pursuit of its accumulation goal the 'fiscal squeeze' experienced by local government in many countries may be a permanent feature of late capitalism.-from Author

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-147
Number of pages20
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (Paper)
Publication statusPublished - 1983


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