Party Politics and Local Government

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Manchester University Press, Aug 21, 2004 - Political Science - 313 pages
This book provides an explanation of the inter-relationship between local government and political parties. It examines the differences between the political party outside the council and the political party group of councillors within the council. The book explores the impact of parties on council business, decision-making, policy development and local representation, and addresses two fundamental questions about local representative democracy - who s it that the councillor represents, and are councillors elected to govern or serve?

The book analyses democratic theory and its relevance to local politics, considering the role of political parties in local government. It looks at the dynamics of council chamber politics and approaches taken by the main parties towards local party politics, going on to examine the councillor's role in the local representative system. The conclusion suggests that for councils to become politically meaningful, they must radically change the way they conduct local politics and decision making.

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Contents

the party or the people?
14
a democratic necessity or a sectional
56
the Leviathan of local politics
92
Local party groups and the national party
123
Party political exchanges
154
crises
180
a challenge to the primacy
211
a new political dynamic or a tired party
242
dominating local politics
272
Bibliography
301
Index
311
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Colin Copus is a Lecturer in Local Politics at the Institute of Local Government Studies, at the University of Birmingham.

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