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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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Running the council or leading the community? A mayoral dichotomy

Running the council or leading the community? A mayoral dichotomy

(p.76) 4 Running the council or leading the community? A mayoral dichotomy
Leading the Localities

Colin Copus

Manchester University Press

This chapter evaluates how elected mayors face the competing pressures of both running a large public service bureaucracy that is a council and leading the local community. The tension between political responsibility for public services and a broader governing responsibility is clearly seen in the way in which mayors have formed their cabinet and allocated portfolios to cabinet members. Councillors inextricably linked their role in service provision to notions of government and representation. Local Strategic Partnerships is a formal, government-inspired institutional arrangement that is rule driven and codified and set within the broader institutional framework of the local council. Organisational leadership of the council can affect the quality of public services and the mayor's electoral chances. English mayors inhabit a system in which there are two dimensions to their positions and power.

Keywords:   elected mayors, public service bureaucracy, council, local community, councillors, Local Strategic Partnerships, organisational leadership, English mayors

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