Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A new emphasis on the role of local government

"Britain's big gamble puts the citizens at the wheel."

This piece, run recently in the Financial Times looks at a Conservative Party proposal to decentralize programs and focus more on local governments to handle things that used to be the purview of national governments. It is refreshing to see this type of effort discussed in a context that places not only the authority for implementation in local hands, but also the authority for generating revenue.

A similar effort is under way in Washington state: “Gregoire's encouraging push toward a new localism”

Overall, is this a good thing? You tell me.

1 comment:

Mary said...

This might be a sort of "accounting" move, in which case I don't understand it. If it is substantive, to create yet more puzzle pieces by creating new responsible entities, I do see many problems with the approach. What happens to the big picture, I wonder?