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Decentralization London-style: The GLA and London governance

Travers, Tony (2002) Decentralization London-style: The GLA and London governance. Regional Studies, 36 (7). pp. 779-788. ISSN 0034-3404

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Identification Number: 10.1080/0034340022000006097


London Authority, consisting of a Mayor and Assembly, is an oddity: it is both a renewal of London city government and a component of the Labour government's devolution reforms which have set out some of the parameters for devolution to the other English regions. The GLA's powers are strategic and were limited by Whitehall resistance to devolution. Mayor and Assembly are supported by a common administration, which has resulted in some frictions. Policy delivery is in the hands of 'functional bodies' and/or the London boroughs and there is much scope for intervention by Whitehall. The GLA budget is modest, though it does have a limited fiscal autonomy in the form of a council tax precept and congestion charging. The GLA is significantly less powerful than devolved institutions in Scotland and Wales; the pattern of Whitehall resistance and a complex institutional environment in London hamper the capacity to bring about even modest change. Further reform is inevitable.

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Additional Information: © 2002 Regional Studies Association
Divisions: LSE London
Subjects: J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2008 10:05
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:36

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