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dc.contributor.authorHastings, Annette
dc.contributor.authorBailey, Nick
dc.contributor.authorGannon, Maria
dc.contributor.authorBesemer, Kirsten
dc.contributor.authorBramley, Glen
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-20T01:39:10Z
dc.date.available2018-06-20T01:39:10Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.issn0300-3930
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/03003930.2015.1036987
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/173117
dc.description.abstractThe scale of the cuts to local government finance, coupled with increasing demand for services, has led to unprecedented ‘budget gaps’ in council budgets. Arguably, two competing narratives of the trajectory of local government have emerged in which contrasting futures are imagined for the sector – a positive story of adaptation and survival and more negative one of residualisation and marginalisation. Drawing on case study evidence from three English local authorities, the paper distinguishes and provides examples of three strategic approaches to managing austerity – efficiency, retrenchment and investment. It demonstrates how and why the balance of these strategies has shifted between the early and later phases of austerity and considers the extent to which the evidence of the case studies provide support for either the survival or marginalisation narrative. The paper concludes by arguing that a third narrative – responsibilisation – captures more fully the trajectory of local government in England.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherRoutledge
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom601
dc.relation.ispartofpageto621
dc.relation.ispartofissue4
dc.relation.ispartofjournalLocal Government Studies
dc.relation.ispartofvolume41
dc.subject.fieldofresearchUrban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchUrban and Regional Planning
dc.subject.fieldofresearchApplied Economics
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPolitical Science
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode120599
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1205
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1402
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1606
dc.titleCoping with the Cuts? The Management of the Worst Financial Settlement in Living Memory
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
dc.description.versionAccepted Manuscript (AM)
gro.rights.copyright© 2015 Taylor & Francis (Routledge). This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Local Government Studies on 29 Apr 2015, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/10.1080/03003930.2015.1036987
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gro.griffith.authorBesemer, Kirsten L.


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