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Regional Assemblies in England

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Regional Assemblies in England. The UK government is considering introducing regional government in England - partly to finish the programme of constitutional reform it commenced when it devolved power to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Paul McQuail and Mark Sandford of the Constitution Unit present several models of how regional assemblies might operate - ranging from a strictly strategic advisory role to a fully functioning executive body.

 

By Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK.

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EU 2010

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EU 2010 . A work of political imagination by Charles Grant of the Centre for European Reform. He imagines a world in which the European Union has 26 members and is still expanding eastwards. Its economy is growing faster than that of the US. The EU's armed forces have intervened to secure peace in the Balkans and in Africa. The European Commission has merged with the Council of Ministers. The court decisions of one EU country are recognised in all the others. In this very British dream UK politicians dominate the new political structures of Europe and Sir Tony Blair is tipped to become the first directly elected president of the European Commission.

 

By Centre for European Reform, UK.

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The Inspection of Local Government

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The Inspection of Local Government. here are now six organisations scrutinising different aspects of local government: the Best Value Inspection Service, Her Majesty's Fire Services Inspectorate, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), the Social Services Inspectorate and the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate. The estimated annual cost of the inspectorates is around £600 million, not including indirect costs to local authorities, such as staff time. This study finds that while inspection has a key role to play in improving public services there is insufficient co-ordination between the bodies, and the inspectorates need to encourage innovation and focus of outcomes rather than processes. By Howard Davis, James Downe and Steve Martin.

 

By Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK.

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Regional Government

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Regional Government. The UK government is considering devolution of powers to the English regions. This paper monitors the evolution of English Regional Chambers - non-statutory bodies which may form the basis of regional government. Mark Sandford finds that they have developed on an informal basis but at varying speeds. He argues for a statutory basis for Regional Chambers - clarifying roles and responsibilities.

 

By Constitution Unit, UK.

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