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Some facts and considerations about municipal socialism

Webb, Sidney (1896) Some facts and considerations about municipal socialism. In: The Co-operative Wholesale Societies Ltd. annual for 1896. Co-Operative Wholesale Society Limited, Manchester, pp. 286-322.

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"IF in future ages historians continue to mark time by reigns, the Victorian epoch may possibly come to be known as that in which took place the first great development of municipal socialism. To-day, when we have in the United Kingdom nearly 40,000 separate local governing bodies, all spending for the common good money compulsorily levied by taxation, it seems almost incredible that practically the whole of this vast network should have grown up in sixty years. Yet, with the exception of the corporation of the City of London, and half-a-dozen insignificant municipal survivals, together with a few archaic commissioners of sewers and trustees under local acts, all the 40,000 local authorities have come into existence since 1834. ..." - p. 286.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Includes graphs and tables. The full text of the Annual is available at the link. A possible proof copy is held at the LSE Library.
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2013 15:19
Last Modified: 05 May 2017 15:14

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