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Leading the LocalitiesExecutive Mayors in English Local Governance$
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Colin Copus

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719071867

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719071867.001.0001

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Local political leadership and mayoral government

Local political leadership and mayoral government

(p.48) 3 Local political leadership and mayoral government
Leading the Localities

Colin Copus

Manchester University Press

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

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