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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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Reappraising and rethinking the office of councillor

Reappraising and rethinking the office of councillor

(p.18) 2 Reappraising and rethinking the office of councillor
In Defence of Councillors

Colin Copus

Manchester University Press

The chapter examines what is known from past studies about the roles of the councillor and reviews, briefly those studies to provide a framework for the rest of the book. It contributes to councillor role theory by exploring how accountability of political leadership is often a missing part of councillors’ repertoire. The chapter explores the gap between councillors’ perceptions of the differing importance of their various roles and their behaviour in contributing to them and accounts for that gap. The chapter questions the neat distinctions often made between the internal council focused work of the councillor and the external community focused work by suggesting that such neat distinctions do not portray the reality of the messiness of the councillors’ experiences.

Keywords:   Councillor roles, Role theory, Role perception, Role behaviour, Accountability, Councillors, Local government, Political action

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