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Putting the citizen at the centre? Assembling local government policy in Wales

Guarneros-Meza, Valeria, Downe, James Daniel, Entwistle, Thomas Walter and Martin, Stephen James 2014. Putting the citizen at the centre? Assembling local government policy in Wales. Local Government Studies 40 (1) , pp. 65-82. 10.1080/03003930.2012.707616

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Since devolution in 1999, the Welsh Government has developed a distinctive approach to the management of local government policy. Alongside an emphasis on welfarism and partnership, local authorities have been exhorted to put the citizen at the centre of public service delivery. Drawing on the notion of assemblage, developed in the governmentality literature, this paper identifies two different rationalities running through Welsh Government policy documents. On the basis of a series of interviews with government officials and their counterparts in the Welsh Local Government Association we find evidence of important tensions in the Welsh approach. While the emphasis on the citizen has worked in building a ‘political rationality’, the evidence from our interviews suggests that it works less well as a ‘government technology’.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Uncontrolled Keywords: Welsh Government, consumerism, democracy
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0300-3930
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2019 11:02

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