MAKING TRACKS: THE POLITICS OF LOCAL RAIL TRANSPORT

The policies of widespread deregulation inspired by the ideologies of public choice represent one of the key legacies of the 1979-1997 Conservative government. Central to these reforms was the realignment of the apparatus of the local state itself, as the center sought to restructure local government according to the principles of market provision of local public services. The importance of these reforms for political geography stems from two facts, First, the city and the neighborhoods within it represent the spatial scales at which most individuals consume the many services needed within their everyday lives, such as education, health care, transport and leisure. Since many of these services are provided or regulated by the sate for the collective consumption of the urban population, their management provides a focus for the expression of political conflict with the city, as different groups of individuals seek to more closely match the patterns of service provisions to their own needs by way of the local political process. Second, reform of local government institutions under the principles of public choice theory has a distinctive spatial expression. The fragmentation of large metropolitan-wide urban governments into a number of smaller territorial units is considered crucial to a marketed system of local service.

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    Ashgate Publishing Company

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  • Authors:
    • Docherty, I
  • Publication Date: 1999

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  • English

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 328 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00794203
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1840147652
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 26 2000 12:00AM