Who Stole the Town Hall?

The End of Local Government As We Know It

Peter Latham

Who Stole the Town Hall?

Peter Latham

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

152 pages | 5 x 8
Paper $24.00 ISBN: 9781447337270 Published May 2017 For sale in North and South America only
In this provocative book, Peter Latham argues that the UK Conservative Government’s devolution agenda conceals their real intention: to complete the privatization of local government and other public services. Using illustrative examples from across the United Kingdom, including the so-called Northern Powerhouses and the Midlands, Who Stole the Town Hall? explains the far-reaching implications of this reorganization of local government—a reorganization already affecting vital public services, including education, health, housing, and policing. Proposing an overhaul of the UK taxation system—including land value taxation, a wealth tax, and a more progressive income tax—to fund an increase in state-provided services, Latham argues for an alternative economic and political strategy, a vital new basis for federal, regional, and local democracy.
Contents
List of Tables
Acknowledgements
Foreword by Rodney Bickerstaffe
About the author
List of abbreviations
Introduction
1 The Localism Act, Open Public Services and the neoliberalisation of councils
2 Imposed ‘metro’ mayors: new wine in old bottles
3 Police and Crime Commissioners: another ‘half-baked import’
4 Local government finance
5 Towards a new basis for federal, regional and local democracy
References
Index
 
Review Quotes
Morning Star
"Neoliberalism is unsustainable, and this book uses compelling and accessible evidence that a different form of politics is both possible and essential."
Jane Lethbridge, University of Greenwich
“Latham provides a vivid account of how the power of local government has been reduced by central government and hollowed out by the private sector as well as makes important suggestions for rebuilding it.”
Kevan Nelson, North West regional secretary, UNISON
"Latham’s passion for democracy and social justice shines through in his detailed critique of the latest wave of neoliberal attacks on local government."
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