Skip to main content
Article thumbnail
Location of Repository

Local political leadership and the modernisation of local government

By Catherine Bochel and Hugh Bochel

Abstract

Political leadership has been a key element of central government’s attempts to ‘modernise’ local government over the past decade, within a discourse that emphasised ‘strong’ and ‘visible’ leadership and the role of leaders and leadership in driving change within local authorities. In the context of such an approach, and also taking account of academic discourse, this article draws upon interviews with nearly thirty individuals in leadership positions in local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales to assess their experiences of leadership and their views of some aspects of the role and work of councils. It suggests that whilst there is broad convergence between the aspirations of government and the narratives that emerge from these leaders on some aspects of local political leadership, there are also differences, perhaps most notably over the relationship between changes to decision making structures and the loci of political power

Topics: L200 Politics
Publisher: Routledge
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1080/03003930.2010.523199
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lincoln.ac.uk:3774

Suggested articles

Citations

  1. Communities and Local Government (2007) Strong and Prosperous Communities – The Local Government White Paper Implementation Plan: One Year On
  2. Communities and Local Government (2008) Creating Strong, Safe and Prosperous Communities: Statutory Guidance
  3. Communities and Local Government (2009) Strong and prosperous communities – The Local Government White Paper: Final implementation plan
  4. (2009). Control Shift – Returning Power to Local Communities (London: Conservative Party).
  5. (2005). Councillors and the New Council Constitutions
  6. (2008). Diluting the Role of Party Groups? Implications of the 2006 Local Government White Paper, Local Government Studies, doi
  7. (2004). Directly Elected Mayors: A Tonic for Local Governance or Old Wine in New Bottles?, Local Government Studies, doi
  8. (2008). From Princeps to President? Comparing Local Political Leadership Transformation, Local Government Studies, doi
  9. (2004). If Mayors are the Answer then What was the Question?, Local Government Studies, doi
  10. (2005). Interpreting Narratives of Local Government Change under the Conservatives and New Labour, doi
  11. (2002). Leadership at the Apex (Pittsburgh: doi
  12. (2006). Local Democracy and Political Leadership: Drawing a Map, doi
  13. (2008). Local Government Modernisation in England: doi
  14. (2005). Local Political Leadership in England and
  15. (2004). Local Political Leadership: Nordic Style, doi
  16. (2004). Local Politics, Central Power: The Future of Representative Local Government in England, Local Government Studies, doi
  17. (2001). Modernising Governance doi
  18. (2006). Modernising Local Government, Economic Affairs, doi
  19. (2005). Office of the Deputy Prime Minister doi
  20. (2008). Reforming Local Leadership and Local Democracy: The Cases of England, Sweden, Germany and France in Comparative Perspective, doi
  21. (2007). Representing the future: The report of the Councillors Commission
  22. (2006). Strong and Prosperous Communities (London: The Stationery Office).
  23. (2007). The Political Skills Framework: A Councillor’s Toolkit (London IDeA).
  24. (2007). The Power to be Different (London: Liberal Democratic Party).
  25. (2004). The Transformation of Urban Political Leadership in Western Europe, doi
  26. (2004). Understanding local political leadership: constitutions, contexts and capabilities, doi
  27. (1999). Women, Policy and Politics: The Construction of Policy Problems doi

To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.