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In Defence of Councillors$
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Colin Copus

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088322

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088322.001.0001

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Councillors and RealLokalPolitik

Councillors and RealLokalPolitik

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(p.35) 3 Councillors and RealLokalPolitik
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In Defence of Councillors
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Colin Copus

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719088322.003.0003

The chapter examines the strategies councillors develop in dealing with political conflict and devising political action. It introduces the concept of RealLokalPolitik as a framework within which to explore whether and how councillors approach political issues from an ideological, party-centric view or from a pragmatic view based on assessment of what can realistically be achieved in any political circumstances. It also provides two models of councillor action: the corporate and associated councillor – which reflect the relationship councillors have to working inside or outside of the council; and the lay or professional councillor, which assess the nature of the approach councillor take to their office. The chapter provides two vignettes which explore these models in action

Keywords:   Party, Ideology, Pragmatic politics, Councillor, Political action, Councillors, Local government, Political action

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