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'Dull, Boring? You must be joking! From local government to local governance'

Professor David Wilson, Dean of the Faculty of Dusiness and Law at De Montfort University gives his inaugural lecture.

The governing of localities has become increasingly complex in recent years: elected local government today is but one part of a mosaic of agencies involved in local policy making including local businesses, community organisations and faith groups. Far from being dull, modern local governance is a fascinating arena for the politics that affect everyone on a day-to-day basis. In this lecture Professor David Wilson examines the costs and benefits of the advent of local governance and the implications for effective policy making. While he argues that there is an excessive bias towards central control, he counsels against sweeping generalisations which fail to draw out the importance of ‘place’ and the significance of local political culture.

Professor Wilson obtained his PhD from the University of Warwick and his specialist area of teaching and research is public sector management, notably local government. David has authored half a dozen books, most recently: British Local Government into the 21st Century (with Gerry Stoker); Local Government in the United Kingdom (with Chris Game). Additionally, he has written articles in leading journals such as Public Administration, Political Studies, British Journal of Political Science, Local Government Studies and is on the editorial board of several publications.


Dr. David Wilson | talks


Date and Time:

25 March 2010 at 6:00 pm


1 hour



De Montfort University
Hugh Aston Building
The Gateway
0116 257 7452

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To book a place or for more information please email Daniel Jones at djones@dmu.ac.uk or telephone 0116 257 7452

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Places must be booked in advance as there are limited places. There will be a free drinks reception afterwards for guests to be able to further discuss the event.

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