The City pp 78-96 | Cite as

Bureaucracy, Politics and the City

  • Brian Elliott
  • David McCrone


In the last thirty years or so local authorities, especially the big urban authorities, have been obliged to assume greatly extended responsibilities over many aspects of the collective life of their citizens. Housing, welfare, education, local economic development, physical planning — all these and many other issues are now matters of direct concern to the politicians and officials who make up local administrations. In order to carry out their commitments and meet both the demands of central government and the aspirations of their constituents, local politicians have had to allow or encourage the growth of large bureaucratic departments to deal with housing, highways, social services and the like. These bureaucratic structures with their rational organisation, hierarchy of offices and concern with procedure and universalistic rules have become the means whereby an increasingly large stock of public goods is distributed.


Local Government Local Authority Central Government Local Politician Public Property 
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© Brian Elliott and David McCrone 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian Elliott
    • 1
  • David McCrone
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of EdinburghScotland

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