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Querying the resilient local authority: the question of ‘resilience for whom?’

Fitzgerald, Amanda (2018) Querying the resilient local authority: the question of ‘resilience for whom?’. Local Government Studies, 44 (6). pp. 788-806. ISSN 0300-3930

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Identification Number: 10.1080/03003930.2018.1473767


Analysis of how English local authorities (LAs) have fared post large cuts to their funding by the Coalition and now Conservative governments indicates a considerably resilient organisation. Engaging with recent critical strands in the resilience literature this paper, however, queries that resilient LA account. Better consideration of resilience’s repercussions across the landscape of local services provision is needed. The question of ‘resilience for whom?’, drawn from the conceptual literature, is introduced and frames an exploration of the experiences of LA resilience strategies among small charities in deprived areas of London. Deleterious dimensions of resilience are seen in its distancing and de-coupling effects and associated voluntary provider fading. There are losers and a dark underside to explore. Such perspectives add to the local government and austerity scholarship insight as to the noted ‘austerity puzzle’ and a questioning of its tendency towards a ‘great survivor’ account.

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Additional Information: © 2018 Informa UK Limited
Divisions: Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2018 11:14
Last Modified: 17 May 2024 18:15
Projects: 6076
Funders: Trust for London, Titmuss Meinhardt Research Fund

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