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Representing territorial diversity: the role of local government associations

De Widt, Dennis ORCID: and Laffin, Martin 2018. Representing territorial diversity: the role of local government associations. Regional Studies 52 (11) , pp. 1585-1594. 10.1080/00343404.2018.1462488

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This paper argues that local government associations (LGAs) form a key element in central–local relations. They contribute towards defending local discretion through their three roles: as the collective voices of local authorities; as countervailing public-interest groups; and as feedback mechanisms for central government actors. LGAs are understood as hybrid organizations and their role and influence analyzed in terms of (1) their relationship with central government; (2) their capacity to manage the dilemmas of collectively representing territorial heterogeneity; and (3) the extent of competition from other political and functional interests. These roles are studied by comparing LGAs in England, Germany and the Netherlands.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0034-3404
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 May 2018
Date of Acceptance: 27 March 2018
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 19:49

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