Following the sad death of george jones in 2017 and to mark his important contribution to local government scholarship and practice over many decades the editors of local government studies decided it would be fitting to publish both an academic and a practitioner review of this book the final publication to which he contributed. Centralisation devolution and the future of local government in england routledge studies in british politics steve leach john stewart george jones on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers english local government is in a state of decline after 40 years of incremental but cumulative centralisation by central government pthis book is the first to directly address this . English local government is in a state of decline after 40 years of incremental but cumulative centralisation by central government this book is the first to directly address this trends impact upon the institution of local government a crucial element in the democratic viability of a unitary state. Centralisation devolution and the future of local government in england by steve leach john stewart and george jones abingdon routledge 2017 180 pp 12000 hardback 3299 paperback 3299 ebook isbn 97811387222373 hardback 9781138222380 paperback 9781315407944 ebook. Steve leach worked at the institute of local government studies inlogov from 1977 to 1996 by which time he held the position of reader he was then appointed professor of local government at de montfort university uk a position he held until his retirement in 2009 and still holds on an emeritus basis
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