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A critique on legal analysis of local government and the central-local relationship

Mauthe, Barbara (2005) A critique on legal analysis of local government and the central-local relationship. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 56 (3). pp. 373-393. ISSN 0029-3105

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    Abstract

    This paper will argue that analysis on local government and the central-local relationship is generally confined to context and that a consequence of this approach is that theory, within this area of scholarship, is viewed as being mutually incompatible. Specific examples of this incompatibility can be found in respect of the works of Loughlin, Vincent-Jones and Cooper. It will be argued that by juxtaposing the work of these three writers, it is possible to connect their analyses, beyond the context within which they write, but that such a connection cannot be achieved through the mechanism of theory. The connection can however be achieved through the use of concepts and the resulting analysis is a form of meta-explanation of a particular period of decision making in local government and the central-local relationship.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly
    Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Law School
    ID Code: 1151
    Deposited By: Dr Barbara Mauthe
    Deposited On: 01 Feb 2008 12:19
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:19
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/1151

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