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In the last ten years the activities of local government have been the subject of a huge volume of legislation. The powers of local authorities have been curtailed leading to an increase of control from the centre. What has been the effect of these changes? Is the process really a "rolling back of the state" giving individuals greater control over their own affairs? In this programme Allan Cochrane of the Open University discusses these issues with Professor J. D. Stewart, author of a recent Fabian pamphlet on Local Democracy and Graham Mather, Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs.
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Module code and title: D209, State and society
Item code: D209; 05; 1988
First transmission date: 1988
Published: 1988
Rights Statement: Rights owned or controlled by The Open University
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Duration: 00:18:18
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Producer: Clare Falkner
Contributors: Alan Cochrane; John Stewart
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Bureaucratic control; Centralisation; Community change; Consumer choice; Financial control; Local democracy; Poll tax; Private provision
Master spool number: 88YD0201
Production number: 88YD0201
Available to public: no