Local political leadership and mayoral government

Colin Copus

in Leading the Localities

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780719071867
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701379 | DOI:
Local political leadership and mayoral government

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This chapter investigates the notions of local political leadership and asks what is meant by this concept in England and how it applies to elected mayors, council leaders and councillors. The most powerful context in which English mayors find themselves is the domination of local politics by political parties. The separation of powers, the mayoral political focus and the mayoral dichotomy bring together a range of issues which help uncover the richness of the English experiment with elected mayors. The separation of powers within English mayoral councils has the elected mayor as the head of the executive and political head of the council. The party-detached mayor deliberately places some distance between himself or herself and the party group of councillors. The ward/division and the authority of English local government have elected representatives to ‘lead’ within their own areas.

Keywords: local political leadership; England; English mayors; English mayoral councils; councillors; English local government; local politics; political parties

Chapter.  12374 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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