A Place to Party?: Parties and Nonpartisanship in Local Government

Colin Copus, Melvin Wingfield, Kristof Steyvers and Herwig Reynaert

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195367867
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

A Place to Party?: Parties and Nonpartisanship in Local Government


This article evaluates which of the two competing visions provides the model for most local government. The first vision is of a nonpartisan, politically neutral local government, while the second is of local government as a place where wider national party battles are fought and refought and where ideological concerns and party interest dominate decision-making. The article sets out the party political context within which local politics operates and surveys the ground where nonpartisan alternatives or smaller parties must exist. It looks at the range of political alternatives to the main parties and examines their contribution to, and the implications for, local politics.

Keywords: local government; nonpartisan; national party; party interest; political alternatives; local politics

Article.  10100 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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