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New politics and public services

A guide to books, journals and websites relevant to debates about community participation in public services, and local decision making in allocating public resources. This guide has been written to provide background information and sources for the Speakers Corner Trust Forum for Debate, titled 'New politics and public services: localism or lottery?'. 

Forum for Debate

The British Library is providing background information and sources for further reading about each topic featured in Speakers’ Corner Trust’s Forum for Debate.

The focus of each bibliography will be on recent work that is accessible to someone with a general interest in the topic. All of the references in this resource guide are to materials that are either available without charge through the internet, or that may be accessed at the Library reading rooms in London.

Speakers’ Corner Trust is a registered charity which promotes free expression and public debate. The Forum for Debate series is intended to cover issues of general public interest, with invited contributions from policy workers, commentators, academics and campaigners on either side of the debate. More information can be found on the Speakers’ Corner website at:

The topic: New politics and public services: Localism or lottery? – October 2010

This bibliography provides information about recent reports on initiatives to strengthen local government, and assessments of the impact of spending cuts on social services. Contents include:

  • recent debates in the news;
  • organisations and tools online that provide more information about local government and community participation; and
  • books on theories of localism and the development of state-centred welfare provision.

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