Symposium introduction: Local responses to ‘austerity’

Nick Bailey*, Glen Bramley, Annette Hastings

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This introduction to the symposium sets out the context for local government in the United Kingdom at the current time. It outlines the scale of the reductions in funding since 2010, showing how uneven these cuts have been across the country and the reasons for this. It also describes the increased exposure to risk of both local government and of the citizens and communities it serves. The central question for the papers which follow is how local government is responding to these twin challenges. The papers provide insights from a number of detailed studies of individual authorities, exploring the strategies adopted to manage in response. The analyses focus on the distributive consequences for individuals and communities, but they also reflect on the wider consequences for local government itself. A particular concern is whether local responses are changing as austerity moves from its initial to its later phase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-581
JournalLocal Government Studies
Issue number4
Early online date5 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science


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