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Modernizing democracy: Constructing a radical reform of the planning system?

Lookup NU author(s): Angela Hull


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This paper evaluates the Labour Government's programme of modernizing local government and assesses the impact on the delivery of the town planning service. Four key elements of this strategy have been identified: a programme of democratic renewal, a new ethical framework, the promotion of best value in local service provision, and a revised local government finance system. The paper anticipates how these new ideas on sharpening the performance of local government will impact on the English planning system which is also coming to terms with the creation of two new regional agencies. New opportunities for democratic governance and alliance building are thus being generated. The paper argues that the accretion of rules over time and the conflicting demands on the planning system will act to circumvent the intentions of the present Government to reinvigorate citizen participation.

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Author(s): Hull A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Planning Studies

Year: 2000

Volume: 8

Issue: 6

Pages: 767-782

Print publication date: 01/01/2000

ISSN (print): 0965-4313

ISSN (electronic): 1469-5944

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/713666433


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